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Parents Address Favorites Among Vehicle Functionality, Technology, Safety and…Traffic Ticket Excuses

I like cars. It’s something I talk about with my dad. I thought this was an interesting survey from the car leasing website LeaseTrader that offers an interesting look into what kinds of car features are currently in demand (and not so in demand) by parents. LeaseTrader polled close to 1,000 parents across the nation on their favorite features, safety choices, technology, and even vehicle choices. With a fun twist, we even wanted to know if parents try certain excuses when stopped for a speeding ticket.

Parents Address Favorites Among Vehicle Functionality, Technology, Safety

Must-Have Tech Gadget: Rear Back-up Camera. 

Combining technology and safety, the rear back-up camera scored the highest marks out of all parents polled because it gives them a great sense of security on anything or anyone who’s potentially behind the vehicle. 39.3% of parents said this would be their first choice in a tech gadget, followed by the ability to sync all electronics in the vehicle (21.7%).

Most Overrated Car Feature: Cool box.

Of all the features available in cars today that are important to parents, including safety, functionality and technology, 42.4% of parents said the cool box was the most overrated feature in a car. The cool box lets parents keep food, beverages and other child essentials chilled during trips. The overwhelming summary from parents is that they already bring other cooler options into the vehicle and find that they aren’t using built-in chill systems as much.

Most Surprising Vehicle: Mazda 5 Crossover.

 Priced under $20,000 and available for lease as low as $250 per month, the Mazda 5 scored the highest overall points in terms of functionality, technology, overall features, roominess and price. Parents love its ability to seat up to six passengers comfortably, ease of getting car seats in and out, lots of storage space and a USB jack for technology favorites. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the best, the Mazda 5 Crossover received an average score of 8.3.

Most Disappointing Vehicle: Toyota Rav4.

When asked if they felt their vehicle was disappointing in terms of its effectiveness for parents, the Toyota Rav4 had the highest number of mentions. Most parents said they were disappointed with the vehicle’s handling and feel there just wasn’t enough space that’s adequate for their needs. On a scale of 1-10, the Toyota Rav4 received an average score of 4.7.

Best Sedan Choice: Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Packed with features, this vehicle scored highest marks out of all sedans because of its full slate of creature comforts along with its ability to offer incredible fuel economy. The vehicle also comes with rear back-up camera and rear sensors, options high on everyone’s list this year, and technology features allowing parents and kids to charge gadgets during the trip. On a scale of 1-10, the Ford Fusion Hybrid scored 7.9.

Given a choice Between Optional 3rd Row Seats or DVD Package: Optional 3rd Row Seats. 

Admittedly, this one surprised us a bit. Sure, parents are big on functionality. But DVDs in the car go a long way towards pacifying kids during long trips. Perhaps that there is the issue. 47.3% of parents chose optional 3rr row seats over the DVD package (38.6% with 14.1% saying neither), possibly because we’re taking shorter trips? Either way, if you’re a parent big into space, it’s hard to pass up a solid extra row.

Excuse most often given if pulled over by police: Child had a dirty diaper (success of getting out of ticket – less than 10%).

This one we had to have a little fun with. We all try to sometimes attempt getting out of a speeding ticket. Ever wonder what parents do in this situation? Why not blame it on the diaper. Most parents said they’d tried this once when stopped for a speeding ticket. Perhaps they tried it only once because it worked for just 8.3 percent of those who admitted trying it.

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About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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