As a parent driving little ones to and from school, soccer practice and play dates all week long, you can’t help but think about your kids’ safety when they’re passengers in the car. So when I started driving our long-term 2019 Volvo XC60 a few weeks ago, I felt pretty relieved about getting behind the wheel of a crossover made by a brand renowned for safe vehicles.
A 2019 study conducted by Volvo and The Harris Poll found that 76 percent of American parents believe that the road is more dangerous than it was two years ago. You see it every day — that car on the highway that’s in a rush to get somewhere and almost sideswipes several vehicles as it swerves through the lanes. It’s maddening to watch — especially when you’re traveling with precious cargo!
One of the only ways to combat crazy drivers is with in-car technology that can help you be a more defensive driver. That the XC60 comes standard with such features as forward-collision warning with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, lane-keeping assist, oncoming lane mitigation, lane-departure warning, road sign recognition and driver-fatigue monitoring makes me feel much more confident behind the wheel.
Of course, none of those features can help you when your kids are screaming at each other in the back seat because one of them is annoying the other by singing along to Taylor Swift’s new song at the top of her lungs. It’s no wonder that more than two-thirds of parents reported feeling distracted while driving with their children, the Volvo-Harris report says. In fact, one parent out of five admits to getting into a fender bender with their children in the car. It’s easy to see how it happens. My kids are 5 and 8 now, so our distractions are different, but I remember vividly having babies in the back who would drop something that needed to be picked up immediately or who would throw a toy at me while I was driving. Fun times!
Passenger safety is something that every parent thinks about when looking for a new car or even driving the one they already own. In-car safety tech is more important than ever, and I’ll keep driving around in the 2019 Volvo XC60 with the confidence that can only come from having such awesome tech at your disposal.
As for the distractions I have to deal with — well, let’s just say my kids have gotten really good at playing the quiet game. Find a Volvo XC60 for sale