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If you are looking for car safety tips for parents and kids then you’ve come to the right place.
I thought this would be a great topic to write about because 2 weeks ago I was involved in a (no-fault) car accident.
Yes, I had my baby with me. We both got extremely scared. But at the end of the day I was grateful that it wasn’t worse.
You can be the most careful driver in the world until a reckless driver comes and rear-ends you. And as if that wasn’t enough she pushes you into the car in front of you, and you get sandwiched.
That’s what happened to me while I was waiting at a red light. I wasn’t even driving. My car ended up being totaled.
I could care less though. A car can be easily replaced, but someone ‘s life…
So because my baby and I went through this scary horrible experience I want to share some useful safety measures that I use myself and that any mom could take so she can keep both her and her child safe while on the road.
Top car safety tips for parents and kids
1. Opt for a big car
I didn’t have a fancy car but it was an SUV and I’m glad I had it. Since it was a chain accident and I was stuck in between 2 cars I got hit pretty bad.
But we barely had any personal injuries and that’s because it was big enough. So when you are choosing a car you may want to take the size of it into consideration.
2. Choose a safe car seat
Initially, I bought the car seat that goes with my Uppababy Cruz stroller. Big mistake! It is so small and heavy that’s not even worth the money. I could only use it for a couple of months. It really is for newborns… and that’s it.
So I bought Graco 4Ever instead. I chose it because it promises 10 years of use, that’s why they even named it 4ever. It also gives you 6 reclining positions along with 10 headrest levels. Pretty cool.
3. Properly install the car seat
Now, once you have a good car seat make sure it is properly placed and secured. Whether you placed it in the center (they say center is the safest) or on one side, whether you anchor it with the back hooks or the car’s seat belt make sure your child stays safe.
Here is an amazing article that goes into more detail.
4. Don’t text and drive
This one does not need any further explanation. Just DON’T!
5. Get a visor mirror
The best thing ever invented. A visor mirror is simple to place and easy to adjust. It spares you from turning your head to check on your child. It prevents you from fully taking your eyes off the road.
6. Use a smartphone car mount holder
I’m not encouraging you to use your phone while driving but let’s say you need to use your GPS for example.
A phone car mount holder comes in handy and again, it prevents you from totally shifting your eyes in a different direction.
7. Use headphones/bluetooth earpiece
Whether you have headphones or bluetooth earpiece it is a good idea to keep them in the car. In case you do need to make or receive calls you don’t have to put too much effort.
It also frees both your hands so you have full control of your steering wheel.
If you don’t have any of those, you can just use the speaker in your car, if it comes with this feature. So you do have several options for hands-free calls.
Tip: I avoid giving food to my baby when we’re on the road. I want to avoid any risk of choking. I just give her some toys to keep her entertained or play kids music on the radio.
Remember that staying safe is the best thing you could do for both you and your child.
As I mentioned earlier some small changes can make a huge difference. And no phone call or text is more important than … life.