Pittsburgh –It's often taken for granted the amount of time and mileage Moms travel in the car, transporting precious
lives all over America. With the staggering hours per week spent driving, our mobile lifestyle demands efficient, safe
and pleasant transportation. It's smart to stay current on how some small investments for a Mom's vehicle can make a
big difference; in safety, efficiency and pure enjoyment of the ride.
As the pioneering resource for women purchasing cars, Women-Drivers.com talks to thousands of Moms and
understands the need for better equipped vehicles for their families. Here is a list of the top choices:
ENTERTAINMENT & CONNECTIVITY
- GPS Navigation and Mapping System – A must have. Enough said.
- Tire Gauges – With a car full of kids riding on four wheels, what could be more important than the integrity of
your tires? A vehicle with under-inflated tires does not handle the road well. Properly inflated tires last longer
and are less prone to hazardous blowouts. Be sure to know the correct air pressure for your tires, and keep
handy a high-quality dial or digital tire gauge to check the pressure with regularly. Many new vehicles now
come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system that auto checks.
- Self-Charge Auto Jumpers – If the worst happens and the battery dies, you don't have to be stranded. You can
recharge your battery without ever opening the hood by plugging the auto jumper into your car's 12-volt
cigarette lighter and your battery will be charged in 10 minutes.
- Safety Kit – Don't put off any longer having all those common sense items you know you should have in your
car. A simple but crucial safety kit can be purchased at many retail outlets, and you'll simply feel better
knowing it's there.
- Back Up Sensors, Cameras and Alarms – Many of the newer vehicles have this device. As soon as the car is put
into ‘reverse', you can look on the screen (mounted on the car's dashboard, or integrated into the GPS screen)
to see what is directly behind you in that tough blind spot.
- Ignition Breathalyzers – Preventing those we love from driving when under the influence of alcohol.
- Innovative technologies now detect and alert drivers when they are driving too close to another vehicle and
some will even auto brake if needed.
Of the countless important activities busy Moms do every day, driving shouldn't be left to the bottom of the list for
technological enhancements. Keep your vehicle current and drive smart!
- Keep the kids happy on long road trips with Apple iPod or MP3 connectivity and DVD entertainment systems
with rear-seat player.
- Bluetooth hands-free driving for safer, less distracted communication.
- Hands-free Microsoft's SYNC is used exclusively on many Ford automobiles. SYNC is a speech engine that
provides the driver with voice control over the entertainment systems including external devices like USB and
- Satellite radio with kid-friendly stations, and, head phone jacks come in newer models.
- Some navigation systems can subscribe to Traffic TMC or XM Radio Nav Traffic services that give real-time
traffic and weather information to drivers.
- Access to universal wireless with the portable MiFi network. Multiple users/devices can hook up mobile devices
(laptop, netbook, and camera.) This device stores easily when traveling and provides 4 hours of internet
surfing time. Approximately $99 at Best Buy stores with 2 year contract; $59.99 estimated monthly fee.
- Look for the growing trend of mobile entertainment systems. One of the first out of the gate is Volvo's 2010
XC70, which boasts a smart rear sear entertainment system that is a full computer with 500 Gigs of storage
space, Internet and Wi-Fi connectivity.