Tips For Maintaining Your Car
(When you have children)
We all have those days where we rush through life and finally get a second to breathe after we climb into the car (day in and day out). Yet, when we do take a breath, we notice how (naturally) destroyed our cars are. There might be died grass and possibly stray crumbs of food laying all over the floor board of your car, or toys hanging from the ceiling or over the passenger seat. You might even notice some sort of sticky substance in the cupholder of the car (but you never use it, so how did it get there and what in the world is it?). If you’re like me, you eventually have to develop a pattern of cleaning so it doesn’t get that bad.
Take some advice from a mother of two girls and follow these tips to help maintain your car when you have children.
1. Store spare shopping bags in your car.
I keep a bag of bags in my car so that I am able to throw away any excess trash or garbage before I leave the vehicle. I may forget to do this every once in a while but at least they are there so I don’t have to carry an arm full of garbage into the house to dispose of.
2. Keep a small storage box in the backseat.
I have a tote bag or sometimes a small box that keeps all toys contained in one place so I don’t have to worry about them flying all over the place. Though my children make a mess of it during the car ride, they have a routine of putting them back in the box or tote bag when we arrive at our destination. Our car is not their toy room, and they know to keep it as clean as they can. They are both under six years old, so this is probably more difficult said than done.
3. Plan to vacuum at least twice a month.
This might be more difficult than you may think. I barely have time and the vehicle definitely needs it. Plan one or two days out of the month to do a quick clean out of the car and vacuum up to keep it well maintained. This is hard having children but it will make you feel much better about yourself and your vehicle if you can keep it up at least once a month!
4. Get your vehicle checked over often!
Last tip but not least by any means! If possible, have someone you know or take it to a garage to have your vehicle looked over. This will guarantee it is in tip top shape and you should have no concern driving it down the road with your little ones in the backseat. My husband takes care of our vehicle for me and it saves us a lot of money, but I remind him when I can to check it over. This makes me feel more comfortable and lets me know our vehicle is well maintained.