Kristin Varela, Cars.com

Kristin Varela, Cars.com

Stories by Kristin Varela, Cars.com

School Carpool Lanes Can Be a Danger Zone

Apr 24, 2012

Doing the math, I’m surprised by how many times I’ve driven through my kids’ school carpool lane: two to three times per day for the past nine years. And, in that time, the amount of disregard that I’ve seen parents have for the safety of their child passengers while under the perceived safety net of […]

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Study Finds 1 in 5 Teens Have Driven High

Apr 16, 2012

Just when I think I have this whole parenting thing figured out, the game changes.  With my oldest daughter preparing for middle school, I feel like I have a pretty firm grip on the perils of upper elementary school (limiting makeup to lip gloss only and teaching her how to be responsible with her first […]

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Connected Cars: Elegant Infotainment Centers and Accident Avoidance Systems

Mar 07, 2012

The cars of the future have arrived. And they’re flush with the latest technologies that have many people likening these vehicles to “iPads on wheels.” It’s not just the elegant touch screens—17 inches in the case of the Tesla Model S. These “connected cars” stream Pandora, let drivers send Tweets and make Facebook posts. Some […]

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2012 Family-Car Resolutions

Jan 12, 2012

Despite our best intentions as parents, sometimes we fall a little short. We harp on our kids to keep their rooms picked up, and we may even dock their allowance if they don’t—yet look at our own cars. They’re filthy. Disgusting. What if your pay was docked for not keeping your car clean? Our team […]

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3 Ways to Transport Your Holiday Foods

Nov 30, 2011

We’ve all been tasked with the thankless job of securing a casserole dish overflowing with piping-hot buttery potatoes on our laps, over the forest and through the woods to grandmother’s house, all while speeding down the highway at 70 mph. And how about getting all those leftovers home after your holiday dinner? While Auntie May’s […]

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What to Look for in a Three-Row SUV

Nov 03, 2011

Many families are looking for larger cars that can easily haul a gaggle of kids, but they don’t want to get behind the wheel of a minivan. Enter the three-row SUV. When shopping for a three-row SUV, there are six must-have features that every family will want: Easy access to the third row. It should […]

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3 Ways Parents Can Reduce Distracted Driving

Oct 11, 2011

Parents Can Be Distracted Drivers, Too We’ve all heard about the dangers of texting and driving, and although many of us think that teens are the most distracted drivers among us, think again. Think way back to this morning, when you were driving to school, taking that early morning work call, sneaking a peek on […]

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