Mom-Friendly Vehicle Features

Mom’s (and even dads!) are working hard every day to bring the kids to school, participating in carpool, and everything in between. To make mom’s job easier, newer model vehicles are starting to incorporate more mom-friendly features into them.

If you’re in the market for a new family-friendly vehicle, keep an eye out for these mom-friendly features.

Entertainment System

Avoid meltdowns and grumpy kids in the car by occupying them with an in-care entertainment system. Whether it’s one screen, or individual ones that are in each headrest, allowing the kids to pick something to watch while in the car will keep them occupied and quiet, no matter where the road takes you.

Hands-Free Lift Gate

One of our favorite vehicle features, the hands-free lift gate allows you to open the truck when you’re juggling kids, groceries, and toys and also allows the kids to easily put their things in the car without the worry of fingers getting squished from the trunk falling on them. Many newer model cars have a sensor under the bumper that allow you to just move your foot in order for the truck to open and others just have a button on the car clicker.

In-Floor Storage

Carriages, sports equipment, and snacks take up a lot of space in your car and with the help of in-floor storage you can store some of these more space-occupying items away leaving more space for other important items.

Built-In Cooler

Along with in-floor storage, many newer model vehicles also have built-in coolers in the floor, side doors, and middle consoles. Take advantage of them! Keeping water cold on a hot day will keep you and your family hydrated and will allow you to pack cold cut sandwiches for post-game snacks.

In-Car Vacuum

Make cleaning your car more convenient with the addition of an in-car vacuum. In-car vacuums will also save you time and money and will help you avoid the local car wash as much as possible while keeping your car neat and clean.

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How to Get Better Gas Mileage Out of Your Vehicle

As gas prices continue to increase, drivers are trying to drive as little as possible and when they do have to drive, they’re looking for ways to limit gas consumption. By driving safely and being aware of your surroundings, you won’t only stay safe but will also get better gas mileage and save a few bucks, too!

Give these tips a try.

  • Replace your mass air flow sensor, oxygen sensor, and your spark plugs
  • Avoid driving over 45 MPH when you’re not on the highway and stay in the zone of 40-45 MPH to reduce fuel consumption
  • Use your cruise control when driving on the highway to stay at a consistent speed (braking and accelerating too often will use more fuel)
  • Reduce your speed gradually when coming to a stop
  • Giving liberal following distance when driving behind other vehicles so you do not have to break and accelerate as frequently
  • Remove your roof rack when you’re not using it; it limits the aerodynamics of a vehicle

Traveling Tips for Driving with your Dog

Road trips are extra fun when you bring your best friend along for the trip! More and more Americans are taking dog-friendly vacations, and that often requires a lot of travel time with your dog. All dogs are different; some of them love the car where others can’t stand taking a ride. Either way, if you are taking multi-hour road trip, it is most likely the longest trip your dog has taken. While this might seem like a nightmare for some dog owners, there are a few simple tips you can follow that will help dogs have the best experience on their ride.

Dog Safety

First off, you are going to want to use a crate for your dog on the trip. Crates are the easiest and safest way to travel with a dog. They keep the dog separated from the driver and helps the dog feel safe. If your dog is not used to being inside a crate, we recommend that you get your dog used to the crate for a couple weeks in advance. Your dog will be much more comfortable if they are used to the crate. Before letting your dog into the crate before the ride, take them for a walk to burn off some energy. This will help them relax once they are in the crate.

Take Breaks

While traveling with your dog, do not feed them too much or too often as they may get motion sickness. Stop every couple hours to let your dog stretch their legs, drink water, and have a small snack.

And of course, never leave your dog in an unattended car. Even with the windows cracked, your car quickly becomes an oven that will cause your dog to become dehydrated.

How to drive efficiently to get the best gas mileage possible

There are many simple changes you can make to your driving habits to improve your fuel efficiency. Use these tips to lower your gas consumption without making any changes to your vehicle.

Drive with control and patience. Driving over the speed limit and braking often wastes fuel. Conservative driving habits such as staying under the speed limit and slowing down in advance of stop signs will help you save gas. Switching between quick acceleration and hard braking is a great way to use gas fast.

Avoid vehicle idling for too long. Cars these days do not need excessive amounts of idle time before they are ready to drive. Even in the winter you do not need to let your car warm up for longer than 30 seconds.

Keep your speed steady and consistent. Dips in speed lead to rapid accelerations that increases fuel consumption. To help out with this on the highway, use your car’s cruise control.

Plan out your movements and actions as far in advance as possible to keep up your car’s momentum. Come to very slow stops so that you make use of your car’s momentum without resorting to hard braking. Keep your eyes peeled for any upcoming obstacles so that you can start coming to a stop well in advance.

Accelerate slowly to full speed. Rapid accelerating uses more fuel than a slow acceleration that takes several seconds.

Everyone is trying to save money on gas. Use these tips to improve your vehicle’s gas consumption.