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Switching the Car Seat Between Big, Gnarly Work Trucks

Like a lot of parents, Jake and I are constantly switching the car seat between cars.  Several times a week — depending on whose day it is to pick June up from preschool —  the car seat switches from my Volkswagan Passat.

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  • The Volkswagan Passat 1 of 7
    The Volkswagan Passat
    This is my sensible and highly unglamorous mom car.
  • The Toyota pickup truck 2 of 7
    The Toyota pickup truck
    The car seat then switches to dad's sporty four-door 4-wheel drive pickup. For most parents, switching a car seat between two cars is tedious enough. Not so for this household.
  • Gnarly work truck A 3 of 7
    Gnarly work truck A
    Jake is a farmer-slash-builder-slash-wannabe contestant on "Trick My Truck" who owns not one, but two gnarly work trucks (not be confused with the purely recreational Toyota) . At least a couple times a week, June rolls up to Montessori in a truck equipped with so many bells and whistles and LED lights and chrome it reminds me of a rolling laser show.
  • Run, animals, run! 4 of 7
    Run, animals, run!
    Please note the elegant deer catcher hugging the front grill... just in case daddy plows into unsuspecting fauna on the way to school.
  • Shield your eyes from the glare! 5 of 7
    Shield your eyes from the glare!
    Are you blinded by the shiny strip of chrome adorning the end of each mud flap? I almost feel sorry for June's teachers, those kind ladies tasked with discharging toddlers from car seats at drop off each morning, blinded by the wonder of my husband's manly ride.
  • Gnarly work truck B 6 of 7
    Gnarly work truck B
    But dad's blue work truck is a mere Dodge Dart compared to this behemoth. A few times a month, Jake drops her off in a tractor trailer....probably rolling over a few squirrels and gentle Priuses along the way. We've been wondering lately how safe it is to transport June in a truck of this size. I mean, we know it's safe, based purely on the amount of Prius and Ford Fiesta residue lodged in its monstrous wheels, but how safe is it from a car seat perspective? In our state of Virginia kids must ride in a car seat-slash-booster seat until age 8, regardless of weight. It's fine to install a car seat into the front passenger seat of a truck IF the truck lacks a backseat and is not equipped with a passenger side airbag OR the passenger side airbag has been deactivated, which Jake has done in both of his big gnarly work trucks.
  • Gnarly work truck C 7 of 7
    Gnarly work truck C
    The only vehicles in Virginia that are exempt from the car seat rule are public transportation (buses, taxes) and farm vehicles. I sure hope our skid steer counts as a farm vehicle. June's got playgrounds and sandpits to destroy.

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