Baby-Proofing Your Mercedes Benz 250C: Some Maintenance Tips and Tricks
Kids are cute, but they're also messy. And when they're cramped inside a small space for a period of time, they can cause headaches with their noise and their tantrums and their mess. So how do you keep everything in proper order when driving with children? Aside from keeping your children safe and sound during your drives, how do you keep your car in best shape to ensure that it will continue to offer a pleasant ride to you and your kids? Check out these maintenance tips to keep your children safe in your drives, keep your car in excellent condition, and keep you sane throughout your rides:
- Protect your ride, yourself, and your kids from the sun.
Driving on a summer day can be fun, but the sun can cause some damage if you're not careful—both to the car and to its passengers. The sun can cause fading on the car seats; it can dry up and cause the plastic dash to crack. And when you go on a whole day of driving without tinting in your car windows, you might find your skin suffering at the end of the day. Children are even more susceptible because their skin is more sensitive. To prevent this, invest in sun shields for the windows. These will go a long way to giving you a more comfortable and safer drive.
- Take care of your car seats.
Baby seats are a given when you drive with children (yes, even bigger kids up to around eight years old). These seats are installed on the existing seats in your car, and the latter can take some beating because of the mounting of baby seats—the baby seat can stretch the cover of the existing seats and cause some tear. This is especially true among leather seats. To preserve your car seats and protect them from damage, you can invest in car seat protectors designed specifically for this purpose. Find one of good quality to ensure that the protector will isolate the seat from any costly damage. Additionally, protect the seats from any dirt caused by your kids such as spills, crumbs, and chips.
- Practice the art of decluttering.
When you have kids in the vehicle, you can never do enough decluterring and cleaning—there will always be something to put in order, something to throw away, and something to clean. This is important because of two things: first, to ensure that your car will be in proper order and won't wear easily over the years; second, to guarantee that there won't be any clutter or random trash in your car that can pose a serious hazard for the kids. Even a simple crumpled paper can be hazardous when a small child gets a hold of it and tries to put it in his mouth, leading to a possible choking accident. Because of this unlucky possibility, it is important to clean your vehicle regularly to protect your car, your children, and your wallet.