Safety Season: Features for Parents


The Holiday Season at The Kicker is Safety Season. Every Monday we’ll post about safety and include helpful information and tips to keep you and you’re family as safe as possible on the roads. If you’d like to find helpful links to all this information and more please check out our Safety Tab on (Drive Safe, Buying a Safe Car, After Accident Action Steps).

Your kids represent your most important cargo. Here’s the top tips for finding a car that will help you protect them.


If you’re trading in your sports car for a new family car you should look for more than just a trunk that can fit a stroller or a back seat you can get a car seat in and out of. Those things are important considerations too, but lets talk safety features.

We assume modern cars have the latest safety features but not all features top the list for new parents. So here’s the short list.


Automatic Emergency Braking System

Featured vehicles: 2019 Ford Fusion and 2019 Subaru Outback

Automatic emergency braking systems, or AEBs, are quickly becoming one of the most sought-after features in new cars. These systems can sense when a forward-facing potential collision is about to occur and take preventative measures to avoid a crash, even if a driver doesn’t have enough time to react on their own. For new parents, this feature can be life-saving.


Lane Departure Warning System

Featured vehicles: 2019 Honda Accord and 2019 Toyota RAV4

These systems will alert you when you start drifting from the lane that you are in, without using a turn signal. While the lane departure systems will not take over the car for you to prevent a potential crash, they will give you a warning so you can regain control of your vehicle. This system is invaluable for parents who are traveling with children in the car.


Backup Camera

Featured vehicles: 2019 Hyundai Elantra and 2019 Mazda CX-5

Although this feature comes standard on most new cars today, it’s one that cannot be overlooked. Rearview cameras give drivers peace of mind when they are backing up, ensuring them that there is nothing in the way. When you live in a congested neighborhood  or are so tired you forget to check your blind spots, the backup camera can help prevent an accident.



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