Many families have different needs, which means that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to buying family cars. One of the key factors to consider is how big your family is. If there are likely to be new arrivals at any point in the near future, you will need to cater for them too. If you have a particularly large family, a people carrier or a 4×4 may be the best option. Children often like to play with toys and read books whilst in the car, so to keep your vehicle tidy it may be a good idea to ensure that there is enough storage to put their items into once a journey is completed.
Contentment during journeys
If children become uncomfortable during a journey, they can become extremely unhappy and distressed. In order to keep them happy during long trips, it’s always a good idea to ensure that good quality air conditioning is on offer. This won’t only benefit your children but should ensure that you remain content too. It’s also a good idea to opt for a five door rather than a three door vehicle, to make life easier when your children are entering and getting out of the vehicle.
Hatchbacks versus saloons
People often choose hatchbacks over saloons too for greater flexibility and comfort. Hatchbacks will make it easier to load things like pushchairs and whilst allowing you to take pets with you if this is something that you require. Sliding rear seats are also a good idea, and will enhance your children’s comfort levels noticeably. They will not only give you extra boot space but will make it easier for children to communicate with you if they need to.
Spillages and stains
Look for darker interiors to limit the signs of damage caused by any spillages that might occur as your children travel with you. Another way to keep children entertained in family cars is to look for DVD screens that they can view from the rear of the car. Keeping children happy and entertained during a long car journey can reduce headaches and help you to ensure that a happy atmosphere is maintained.