Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Cars.com, but the opinions expressed were, as always, 100% mine.
I’ve always considered myself a good driver. As a parent of three small kids, who’s frequently driving them around, I’m very safety conscious when I’m on the road.
I have the worst luck with cars! I got stories for days about my cars, people. It’s to the point now that I expect some sort of Final Destination-style random incident to occur, to any vehicle of mine. With that in mind, if you’re also unlucky on car front, here are some tips, based on my unfortunate experiences.
TAKE YOUR RIDE IN FOR A TUNE UP, BEFORE GOING ON A HOT DATE
Years ago, when K and I were still just dating, I took her out to meet my friends for the first time. Big milestone, but the night went well. Earlier in the week, my car had started to drive a bit funny, but I didn’t bother taking it in to a mechanic. So of course, while coming home on the highway that night, the engine died. A tow truck driver had to give us a lift home, which is basically the equivalent of your parents driving you and your date to the prom #embarrassing.
IF YOUR KIDS ARE ACTING LIKE RAGING LUNATICS AS YOU PULL INTO A TIGHT PARKING SPOT, AND IT SOUNDS LIKE ONE OF THEM IS OPENING THE DOOR WHILE THE CAR IS IN MOTION, STOP YOUR VEHICLE COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU TURN AROUND TO LOOK AT THEM.
Pretty self explanatory, but I learned the hard, colliding way what happens if you don’t stop.
IF YOUR CAR IS GOING TO SPONTANEOUSLY BURST INTO FLAMES ON A HIGHWAY, TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT IT DOESN’T HAPPEN DURING RUSH HOUR, SO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AREN’T INCONVENIENCED WHEN A SECTION OF THE HIGHWAY IS CLOSED OFF, TO CLEAR UP YOUR FIERY MESS.
Again, this is pretty self explanatory.
DON’T GET IN AN ACCIDENT IN A DRIVE-THRU.
I’ve gotten rear ended pulling into a gas station. I was the front car in a multi-car collision, while stopped at a red light. An old neighbour badly damaged my car when it was parked on the street, as they backed out of their driveway like they were Vin Diesel in the Fast and the Furious. However, the worst accident by far was when I was rear-ended in a drive-thru of a Burger King. Some teen’s brakes malfunctioned, so he smashed into me as I was waiting for my Whopper. While obviously annoying, the main reason why you don’t want this to happen is that, by the time you work things out with the other party…..your food is cold! Gross!
IN AN ACCIDENT? REMEMBER YOUR CAR SEAT.
If you are in an accident, depending on the severity of it, you probably will need to get your car seat replaced. This is regardless of if your child was in it or not, at the time of the accident. Crash forces ain’t no joke, so it’s definitely better to err on the side of caution, especially when considering your child’s safety. The good thing is, depending on your policy, your insurance company will reimburse you for the cost of a new car seat. I’m such a frequent customer with my insurer that they know me by name, and take my claims like a coffee order. (“Hey it’s me.” “Oh, hey Mike. Are you having your usual settlement today?” “You know it. And one car seat to go, please.”).
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
After my latest Final Destination moment sent me in the market for a new whip, I did a lot of research before making a purchase. It’s a huge investment, so you gotta try to be as informed as possible. As such, I found myself on Cars.com quite a bit. There’s tons of information there, to help make the buying process easier. I was particularly interested in car seat safety checks, for different makes and models. Cars.com had the information that I was looking for, more so than any other site I looked at.
After taking things like practicality, roominess for kids in the back, and driveability during harsh Canadian winters into consideration, here is what I decided to buy:
Psych! I actually ended up with a Hyundai Sonata.
Stay save on the roads, y’all. Happy travels!