If your family is like ours, there’s always a point during a road trip when conversation just seems to dry up. Well this little box will make it easy to keep the fun going. The Box Girls Family Road Trip Box, by Melissa and Doug, includes conversation starters, quizzes, classic car games and other car-friendly activities. Actually, you don’t need a road trip to enjoy these. Keep it in the car for the next time you’re stuck in a long drive-thru line!
Smoking in your car (or anywhere, for that matter) is not healthy. And for children the effects can be even more pronounced than for adults. But what do you think about a new Oregon law that “prohibits drivers from lighting up if a person under 18 is also in the car”? Proponents feel that they are protecting children and opponents feel that our actions inside our own cars shouldn’t be regulated. Do you smoke in your car while the kids are with you? If so, please get the facts about how its compromising their health, then do the right thing.
The Clek Foonf car seat comes with a hefty price tag, so Wired online puts the seat through its paces. Recent safety recommendations suggest raising the age for rear-facing car seats to two years old. Unfortunately, many seats that are rear-facing don’t accommodate the size of a child this age. Enter the Foonf, which “lets your child can stay rear-facing until they weigh 50 pounds and measure 43 inches in height — well beyond the norm for 2-year-olds”. Read more about one dad’s experience giving his 20-month-old son a test drive in the seat, and get his take on whether the Foonf is worth the sticker shock.
If you’ve been blessed with twins, you may have found yourself suddenly short on car space. In this situation, minivans and SUVs are an obvious choice. They offer lots of interior space … but also come with higher fuel costs, are not as easy to navigate and may be generally more vehicle than you want. So what about some cars that are “are big on the inside but reasonably sized on the outside, with strong safety scores, reasonable running costs, and an acceptable cool factor.” Sound like what you’re looking for? Cars for Twins offers 10 options that are well suited for a growing family, even if you don’t have twins!
If you have a teenager nearing their driver’s license, this is for you. Consumer Reports hosted their own Street Survival School at the Auto Test Center in rural Connecticut. The program is a hands-on experience that aims to teach budding drivers what “to do” behind the wheel, not just what “not to do”. In practice, this allows the kids to experience the excitement of driving while learning critical skills first hand. According to Teaching teen drivers at Street Survival school, the result was “students enjoying themselves as they realized that there was much more to being a better, safer, more aware driver than scare-tactic videos and rides on a crash-simulating sled.” The Street Survival School event can be sponsored and hosted anywhere throughout the country.