Factors to consider when getting a car for the school run

If you’re a parent who has to drop your children off at school before heading to work, you will be all too familiar with the stress that getting everybody organised and where they need to be on time can cause. One thing you won’t want to worry about, however, is your kids’ safety, so it’s important to get a reliable car for the school run.

Obviously, safety should be a key area of concern for all motorists, but the sheer fact that parents transport their kids around on a regular basis makes it even more pressing for these drivers to ensure that the vehicle they purchase has all the space and features required to ensure pleasant, safe journeys.

With this in mind, it should be fairly clear a two-seat convertible is unlikely to be a suitable choice for most school runs. You’ll instead need something that provides plenty of room for everyone in the car – both drivers and passengers alike – to stretch out and sit in comfort. As such, it’s worth looking at getting something like an executive car or an estate. Among your options in the former category is the Peugeot 508, a stylish vehicle that has four doors, so everyone should be able to get in and out of it with ease.

If you’ve got a particularly large brood, you’ll want to think about getting a seven or nine-seat car. This should ensure there is plenty of room for you, your partner, your kids and any of their friends that you’re picking up along the way, as well as any bags and coats that your party has with them.

Regardless of whether you want to get an executive car, an estate or something else, you should look at the Euro NCAP ratings attached to any vehicle you’re looking to buy.

Doing so will give you an insight into the quality of the safety features offered, with the child occupant test examining how safe a particular car is for young ones to sit in. In such trials, the European body puts dummies representing children aged 3 years and 18 months through a number of impact tests to see how a vehicle and its occupants cope in a road crash.

The results of these, combined with an assessment of how easy it is to fit a child seat into the car, are used to create a rating of one to five. Obviously, those with the maximum five-star rating are deemed to offer the highest level of safety for little ones.

A car’s Euro NCAP rating is certainly something you will need to look at when visiting a car auction. Not only do these events see thousands of vehicles go under the hammer, but they also enable you to get a car for substantially less than you might have to shell out if you visited a traditional showroom. Whether you are hoping to attend a Peugeot car auction or fancy a family-friendly Ford, you’ll definitely find there’s scope to get something suitable for your loved ones.

Before you get carried away with bidding – remember, you should never let your heart rule your head – it’s important to inspect a car carefully to make certain it has sufficient space and safety features for your needs. You might also find it is a good idea to bring your children with you and get them to sit in the car so you can be sure they are able to fit in it safely and comfortably.

Are you looking for a car to do the school run in? If you are, leave a comment and let us know what features are important to you.