Car Seat Safety Tips

Car Seat Safety TipsKnowing how to properly place and secure a car seat is vital to the safety of your child. Here are some car seat safety tips to help you and your family feel more secure.

First, while you’ll eventually have to turn the car seat around when your child’s legs grow too long, a rear-facing position is the safest way to secure a car seat, so keep it that way for as long as possible. Check the label and make sure the seat is appropriate for your child’s height and weight, and make sure the expiration date hasn’t passed. Car seats are only good for around six years!

Whether rear- or front-facing, a car seat needs to be tightly and accurately buckled in. Many car seats have click-in bases now, which simplifies the process. But if you don’t have one of these, you should follow the instructions that come with your car seat closely and practice until you can secure the seat quickly and efficiently.  You will often be in a hurry to get in your car and go, and you still need to buckle your baby in tight!

When in doubt, refer to the instructions that came with your car seat to ensure that it is properly installed!

Tips to Increase Vehicle Cargo Space

Chevrolet Colorado helps Increase Vehicle Cargo Space with a functionally bed with added equipment

Chevrolet Colorado helps Increase Vehicle Cargo Space with a functionally bed with added equipment

You may not have an everyday need for a large truck or SUV, but the occasional road trip can present a problem when you just don’t have the cargo space you need.Instead of forcing already-cramped passengers to share their space with suitcases and backpacks, consider one of these options for increasing vehicle cargo space.

Roof rack – Roof racks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, and can improve your cargo capacity by quite a bit. Options include everything from a simple cross-bar rack, which allows you to strap a suitcase or two on top of your car, to a cargo bag, which holds more and offers protection from the elements. A basket rack also increases capacity greatly (like a cargo bag) but doesn’t offer the same protection against weather and bugs. If you don’t opt for a cargo bag, consider covering your cargo with a waterproof tarp instead. Keep in mind that roof racks increase drag, reducing overall fuel economy.

Hitch rack – Hitch racks are installed to the rear of your car, and can carry anything from bikes to luggage. Hitch racks aren’t capable of carrying as much as a roof rack, but can hold a cooler or some luggage, and don’t hamper fuel economy the way a roof rack does.

Tow-behinds –  When you have a large load to bring along, a tow-behind is the best option. You can find anything from a small trailer that almost any car can tow for weekend getaways, to large trailers that require a big rig to haul. For more information on tow-behinds, visit trucktrend.com.

If you’re looking to up-size your ride, stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet today to check out our lineup of spacious and efficient vehicles!