With Mother’s Day just a day away, Ask Patty’s Brandy Schaffels and General Motors, James Bell joined me for an interview to share simple tips on how we can make mom’s car safer on the road, and a fun inexpensive last minute gift idea mom is sure to love!
Candace Rose: Safety is always important, especially for moms. What are some gadgets that can make her safer?
James Bell: “Well, you’re right, safety is paramount especially if the kids are in the car with mom so I suggest a simple emergency kit. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, and we also suggest this kit in every car on the driveway. You’ve got a tire inflation kit, a set of jumper cables, a flashlight and a cellphone charging kit. Come on, these things are inexpensive, we have no reason not to have one in every car we own.”
Brandy Schaffels: (As a mom) your hands are full, you’re running out of the house, you’ve got diaper bags or baseball gear or whatever it is and the last thing you want to have is to grab one more item as you’re going and if you’re stuck on the side of the road or waiting for a tow truck, there’s nothing worse than watching that cell phone battery die.”
Candace Rose: And as you mentioned moms are always on the go- what are some items that can add convenience to her day?
Brandy Schaffels: “Well, one of my favorite items when I talk about convenience are these seatbelt bags by Harveys. They’re made in the United States, they carry a lifetime warranty and they’re actually made with real seatbelt material so you know they’re super strong and durable and super colorful too.”
Candace Rose: How can moms stay safely more connected?
James Bell: “The easy way to do that is anybody who is familiar with current GM vehicles is there’s this great little blue button on the front of the rear view mirror that’s called the OnStar button. You push that and you’re connected with a live person who can help you with weather forecasts, finding a local hospital, local restaurant, and you can even use the rear view mirror as a cellphone- it’s a hands free calling device as well. Now what we have is the FMV- for my vehicle. This is a replacement rear view mirror which can be mounted on any car, so if mom’s got a Nissan, a Jeep, Dodge- you name it, we can now bring it up to the same standard as you expect in a GM vehicle.”
Brandy Schaffels: “And if you’ve got kids in the backseat that are screaming or maybe you’ve had an emergency and you have to get to the hospital or you’re trying to find your way some place that you’ve never been, it’s super convenient to be able to press that OnStar button and have a real person be able to take you where you need to go without having to deal with navigation system or looking at maps or even trying to use the phone. In moments like that when you’re really stressed, even using the phone can be really frustrating.”
Candace Rose: What’s a quick way to give mom’s car a makeover?
Brandy Schaffels: “Well, the easiest thing and the nicest thing you can do for mom and doesn’t cost a lot of money and doesn’t take a lot of time is just take her car to the car wash. Or if you don’t want to go to the car wash, then just go to your Target store or automotive retailer and pick up some stuff to wash her car. You can do it in the driveway, it’s a fun family activity if everybody gets out there. I have great memories of my own kid sitting in the bucket with bubbles. It’s a fun thing to do.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Brandy Schaffels: “For more information you can go to CarAdvice.AskPatty.com.”