how to organize life in the family car

what you should know about auto insurance to keep your family safe.

Then you'll want to make sure you have affordable car insurance that covers all the essential financial bases.

This is especially true if you're part of a carpool or plan to be a volunteer driver on school field trips.

That way, should the unthinkable happen, it won't drain the kids' college fund.

Yes, I know, you're a good driver. But what about the uninsured driver who plows through a stop light, injuring you and your passengers?

Here's what you should know about car insurance.

8 carpool rules for kids.

Carpools are very useful arrangements for busy parents.

But there's a bit more to them than just alternating driving days.

Being part of this transportation time-saver implies a commitment both on your end and on the other moms'.

If you work these rules out ahead of time, it's easier to address problems when something happens.

These 8 carpool rules for kids can help get things rolling in the right direction.

10 carpool survival tips.

A carpool is a very useful arrangement for busy parents.

But there's a bit more to it than just alternating driving days. Being part of one implies a commitment both on your end and on the other parents.

Before you firm up an arrangement with other parents, consider whether you have enough liability insurance.

The minimum usually won't go very far if you are involved in a serious accident.

These 10 carpool survival tips can help ensure smooth, sane rides ahead.

dashboard dining: yes or no?

It's a common family car dilemma: Should kids be allowed to eat on the road?

Here are a few ideas to consider as you decide the right answer for your situation.

Different parents have differing tolerance levels.

That said... Different parents also have differing views and criteria.

If you have only one child, you can probably be a little more lenient than if you're chauffeuring a mob. Yes, it's best if kids don't eat on the road - for the car's interior, their clothes, and our nerves. 

Here are a few things to consider if dashboard dining is up for consideration in your car.

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Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.