Mom drivers' car feature priorities

If there's anyone in this world who knows you (possibly) better than yourself, it's your mother. She bore you for 280 days just to feel one of the most physically painful moments of her life, which is giving birth to you. Aren't you very lucky to have gotten yourself a person who always has your back, cooks meals for you every day, and drives you to school? 

Talk about driving, mothers, perhaps, are one of the best drivers there is on the road. Think about all the distractions going on inside a mom’s car – who would've done it as better as them? Probably, professional drivers who gets paid by driving but you get what I mean.

What makes mothers even more better daily drivers—in fact, the best—are their preferences in owning a car. What's their secret? Well, we scoured files for research and analyzed what car features moms consider having inside their car. 

Note: We included some car suggestions per feature, which does not cover all the cars with the same available feature.

The basic: seats must be leather 

Moms don't want to miss this feature if they have hyperactive little ones. Do you want to know what a fabric upholstery does to her mood, especially when it gets spilled over, say, a chocolate drink? Don't bother asking. The good thing about leather is it's easy to wipe and clean – no need for washing and vacuuming.

Car with leather seats and is ideal for the family: Honda Odyssey

The downside with leather, though, is it being pricey. Or, should I put it like "cars with leather seats are more expensive than their counterparts with fabric upholstery?" They are also more meticulous to maintain, as leather needs proper conditioning and care to preserve its quality. It also gets too heated easily and gets quickly affected by cold. But, we guess, moms know how to get around all of these, don’t they?

Keeping it cool back there 

A mother knows that when kids feel the heat, they'll do things that are guaranteed to test her patience to the limit. Well, the best way to keep the little ones calm back there are those rear air-condition vents – oh, life-savers. When it's cold, most kids remain calm; some might even fall asleep.

Car with rear A/C vents that's spacious enough for the kiddos: Ford Everest

To make them even more behaved, some moms go for headrest monitor trick, which we can say is very effective. What else would keep them more entertained than their favorite cartoon, right?

No ISOFIX, no buy. 

The most important of all the important features, especially to mothers with infants, is ISOFIX. Love is driving carefully with your loved ones safely secured inside the cabin – ask a mom about it. They (moms) will never let restraining their baby seats via just seatbelts alone. Rather, they want them safe and sound. It's like "if only she could wrap the whole baby seat with hundreds of seatbelts, she will."

Car with ISOFIX that's ideal for being roomy: Mitsubishi Xpander

Aside from child seat anchors, most moms would also recommend having a car with side and curtain airbags, just in case. It's costly but price will never get in the way between a mother and her loved ones. If it's a car that will get the kids safe to school, she'd go for it, trust us.

Bluetooth connectivity because she needs no more distractions. 

The best thing about mothers is their multitasking skills, as if they're a member of the Avengers or any heroic organizations alike. They can do various things at once, which is why they are the best. However, we all know that driving while on the phone is life-and-death-dangerous, and moms know it, too. That's why, a car with a Bluetooth connectivity is the best car to get their hands on.

All car manufacturers integrate Bluetooth function in at least one or two of their vehicles. An example would be Ford's SYNC 3 feature, which is a set of advanced technology features that makes driving easier than usual. With the SYNC 3 feature, the driver may answer calls hands free, instruct the car to play a certain song through voice command, and know road information via the Ford-Alexa app.

Backup cameras because kids cover the rear window 

Kids should always be latched securely in the second row – moms know that. However, we all couldn't set the fact that kids have their own elements of surprise aside. They may play with the pillows and raise it in the air, covering the rear window and making it hard for their mom to make a reverse parking. The solution is a reverse parking camera or backup camera, which is a safety feature that grants the driver with a rear view.

Car with backup camera and has ample cabin space: Toyota Rush

Most backup cameras are integrated with parking assist features, which makes the parking process a lot easier. Apart from backup camera, another helpful technology for moms out there are the lane keeping assist and lane departure warning. These features assist (mom) drivers whenever they're departing from the lane due to children distractions going on inside the car. Among the cars with lane keeping assist are the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V.

Got groceries on both hands? Cheers to foot-activated liftgates. 

In able for them to cook the best dishes in the entire universe, moms must first acquire the ingredients from the supermarket. Most of the time, it takes an armful (literally more than a handful) to provide a feast for the entire week – and there are times when moms go to groceries alone. They are often seen with large paper bags on both hands. So, to help them, car manufacturers integrated certain models with power/foot-activated liftgate.

Car with power/foot-activated liftgate: Nissan X-Trail

Foot-activated liftgates uses sensors that are installed beneath the rear bumper. All she has to do with it is align her foot, wait for a few seconds for the tailgate to pop up, and throw in the groceries – no hassles, no time wasted, and no monster mom-mood. Thank you, foot-activated liftgate inventor; thanks for taking care of our moms whenever we're not around.

This Mother's Day, why not surprise your mom with flowers or a present, treat her to a salon, have her nail polished, and most importantly, thank her by driving her to the best place she could ever think of. Happy Mother's Day to all moms out there – the real-life superheroes we're lucky to have.

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