Essential Features for Your Next Family Vehicle

As life progresses, our needs evolve. Starting a family, expanding it with a couple of furry friends, and watching as your world grows, all lead to one realisation: it’s time to upgrade. A bigger living space and a more spacious vehicle become necessities.

When hunting for the perfect family car, size is a vital factor, but it’s not the only one. Safety and functionality are equally important. Every family has unique needs, but here are key features to consider for that crucial family car purchase:

Safety Ratings The well-being of your loved ones is paramount. The Euro NCAP star rating system offers insight into the safety level of cars, providing a 5-star scale and detailed safety assessments in downloadable reports. This helps you make an informed decision for your family’s safety.

Airbags Modern cars usually come equipped with front airbags. However, it’s critical to understand their impact, especially on young children. The force from an airbag can harm small children, so either deactivate it or ensure they’re seated safely in the back.

Storage Space In a country as scenic as South Africa, road trips are a must. Your car should have ample storage for all family necessities, whether it’s a stroller, sports gear, or picnic items.

Comfort and Accessibility A family car is more than just a vehicle; it’s a part of daily life. Look for a car that offers spaciousness, comfort, and conveniences like ample legroom, headroom, and handy features like drink holders and side pockets.

UV Protection Windows Not all car windows offer the same level of UV protection. While windshields generally provide more protection, side windows may lack sufficient UV filtering. Consider cars with high UV protection or add UV-blocking tint to your windows.

Automatic Central Locking all doors will be locked or unlocked simultaneously with a single control, typically a button or key fob. This feature enhances convenience and security, ensuring all doors are securely locked while driving or when the vehicle is parked.

Bluetooth Connectivity Managing young children requires constant attention. Cars with Bluetooth allow hands-free phone usage, helping parents stay focused on the road while remaining connected when necessary.

Cruise Control On long family trips, maintaining a constant speed can relieve some driving stress. Cruise control helps keep a steady pace, allowing you to focus more on steering and less on pedal control.

ISOFIX A standard system for attaching child seats in vehicles, using fixed anchor points for a secure and stable fit. This method reduces installation errors and enhances the safety of children in cars.

If you’re in the market for a pre-owned family vehicle, consider visiting Steven Johnson Cars. We offer a range of cars to suit your growing family’s needs. Come visit us or contact us to explore your options.

Source: AutoPedigree

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