Kids need rides to school, friends’ homes, and sports practice. Add those destinations along with family adventures, and figure you spend a lot of time in the car with the kids. Spending too much time, however, is enough to drive a person batty. Here’s how to keep kids safe and yourself sane while taking short and long rides.

Blind-Spot Warning

There’s nothing like a good scare. It’s awful enough to find a car in your blind spot. It’s even more nerve-wracking when the kids are in the backseat. At worst, you’ll inspire a honk from the other driver and the look of fear from your kids. At best, your kids will remind you then (and maybe times to come) that you need to look before changing lanes. A vehicle with blind-spot warning bypasses all of this.

V2V Technology

Vehicle to vehicle technology seeks to improve the communication between drivers and to make roads safer. By 2023, all vehicles are to be fixed with this technology. Cars are able to communicate to avoid small-scale yet frequent crashes at intersections, lights, stop signs, etc. It’s another layer of safety that places drivers and parents at ease.

Voice Recognition

You’re always being a good example, right? Kids know that it’s against the law to use your smartphone while driving…unless your car is fixed with voice recognition technology. So, you could change radio stations, take phone calls, and get directions to your destination without taking your hands off the wheel. Of course, you can get the kids involved so they’re less likely to drive you insane.

Jump Pack

At times, the drive with the kids is a test on your nerves. What would happen if the car stopped driving and you had to wait for a jump start? It would make the kids excited, nervous, cranky, curious, or all of the above. And that’s just the first five minutes. With a jump pack device, you could start the car and be back on the road in minutes. It also charges phones and other electronic devices.

Electronic Stability Control

ESC takes traction control a step further. Electronic sensors within the vehicle track stability through turns so there is less skidding and sliding. It’s an added safety feature for drivers of pickups and SUVs with top-heavy designs. Ask your Adrian Brien Jeep Fiat rep about the electronic stability system of interested models. Depending on car manufacturer, the ESC system could have a unique, patented name.

Automatic Parking

You’ve finally arrived at the beach, park, museum, etc. The kids are ready to charge out of the car but you need to parallel park first. It would be a lot less stressful if the car could fit in that tight spot on its own. Those with automatic parking do, so moms and dads can be more excited about parking and less stressed. Plus, you don’t have to worry about backing out and starting over if you miscalculate – the vehicle won’t!