If your first car wasn’t your DREAM car, you’re in the majority. According to a new survey, most of us had something that basically just got us from Point A to Point B . . .
Only 17% of us had a first car that was brand new. 83% had a used car. And 23% of teenagers today get a hand-me-down from a relative.
56% of drivers got their first set of wheels before they turned 18 . . . 23% were between 19 and 21 . . . everyone else was older than that.
If you were born after 1980, your first car was most likely a Chevy. The rest of the top five first cars for millennials are Honda, Toyota, Ford, and Nissan.
If you were born between 1960 and 1980, you most likely had a Ford, followed by Chevy, Toyota, Dodge, and Pontiac.
And for Baby Boomers, the top five were Ford, Chevy, Volkswagen, Plymouth, and Toyota.
Also, 76% of kids between 15 and 17 think they’re ready to have their own car, and understand the costs that come with it. But 86% also said they expect their PARENTS to help pay for things like gas and insurance.
(CarGurus.com / PR Newswire)
Riding around in a car is often a great way to put your child to sleep, but it’s not like you can just request an Uber and send your infant on her way: you have to drive her yourself.
Or, you could put her in a concept crib from Ford. The Max Motor Dreams is a marketing gimmick designed to help sell more Ford Max vehicles to families in Europe, but if it actually works, it could be a huge timesaver for beleaguered parents.
It’s a very stylish crib, which would likely blend into the decor of any Ikea-furnished home, even with its splash of wood panelling that vaguely evokes an old Woodie. Inside, the technology has three components to induce a child to sleep: speakers in the crib’s base that recreate the sound of a car engine, a movement mechanism that simulates the motion of a car journey, and LEDs around the crib’s edge to reproduce the fleeting light effects of driving through a city at night.
Everything is controlled via a smartphone app, so once your baby finally does conk out, you can turn off the lights, sound, and motion. In a video showing off the technology, Ford described its design process, which involved taking actual movement data from a car journey and incorporating it into the crib’s computer.
Unfortunately you can can’t just go out and buy one. You have to make an appointment to test drive a Ford in Spain, and once you complete the test drive, you’ll be entered into a raffle. It’s unclear how many there are, or whether Ford plans to offer them for sale in the US.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.