Have Kids? 3 Features To Look For In Your Next New Car

If you are in the market for a new car, you have likely noticed the many features available on cars today. With so many bells and whistles being offered, it can be difficult to determine which are essential. If you have children, using your kids to help you decide which features are necessary can be a simple way to narrow down your options.

Here are three features to be looking for in your next new car if you have children in your home.

1. In-car DVD System

If you are planning to take a road trip with your family in the future, you may want to consider investing in a new car with a built-in DVD system. Vacations with children are always a challenge, but keeping your kids entertained during a long road trip can feel almost impossible.

Research shows that children get bored just 31 minutes into any long car ride. By having the option of playing your kids' favorite movies, you will be able to avoid the nerve-wracking (and often repetitive) cries of "Are we there yet?" that can come from your backseat during a road trip.

2. Inflatable Seat Belts

While no one wants to be involved in an auto accident, there is always the possibility of a crash occurring while your children are in the car. Having inflatable seat belts could prevent your children from sustaining injuries during a crash.

With an inflatable seat belt, the fabric of the belt is broken as an inflatable bag within begins to fill with air upon impact. This design helps to distribute the force of an auto accident across five times more torso area than traditional seat belts. The reduced risk of broken ribs or other injuries makes inflatable seat belts an important safety feature if you plan to regularly transport children in your new car.

3. Backup Camera

Having the ability to see what's behind your vehicle as you backup is not only a convenience, it's an important safety feature that can save lives. Each year an estimated 2,400 children will be involved in back-over accidents in a driveway. Two children per week die as a result of the injuries sustained in these driveway accidents.

If you want to ensure that your children don't inadvertently become victims, then having a backup camera that allows you to clearly see what's behind your vehicle before you begin backing up is a good solution.

Keeping your kids in mind as you shop for a new car will help you determine which of the available features offered by car manufacturers today will pay off for your family over time.