When we found out I was pregnant with baby #4, it was a big joke around our house that regardless of what the sex of the baby was, we had everything we could possibly need, except for a big enough house and car. You know, nothing major.
And while we’ve more than doubled up in the bedrooms, you just can’t do that in a vehicle. We immediately started shopping for a vehicle that not only could comfortably seat 6 people, but accommodate 4 car seats.
Like almost all my large family friends, we quickly decided that (unfortunately) a minivan was the way to go. I was a hard sell when it came to buying a minivan. It’s just that when I close my eyes and picture myself driving down the street, my dream car has never been a swagger wagon.
But one thing I learn quickly, is that a minivan can be pretty darn sexy. Sexy with the fancy convenience options, that is.
You want family friendly features? Have at them:
Built-in dvd player.
18 (or more) cup holders.
Heated seats and console coolers.
Ect, ect, ect…
We test drove a couple vans before we found the right combinations of options that also met our price point, and while I weighed all the pros and cons of each vehicle tested, one and only one option became a clear non-negotiable.
I needed that rear-view camera.
Because one of my greatest fears is pulling out of a parking spot at my kids school and hitting a child I never knew was behind me.
It’s what (my) nightmares are made of.
Thankfully, we finally found a 2010 black Honda Odyssey that fit the bill perfectly, and I’ve been driving it now for almost a year. And while I still would never admit to loving the minivan (trust me, I look so much cooler in a Jeep Wrangler), it’s pretty much perfect for my lifestyle.
And using that crystal clear little camera that always pops up every time I go into reverse, calms my anxious heart.
It’s my rear-view piece of mind.
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