6 Tips for Keeping Babies Safe In The Car

I feel like I’m in my car with one or both kids All. The. Time.  Days just go faster and we all feel happier when we’re on the move. We drive to preschool, playdates, parks, the pool and lots of other places that don’t start with P.

I live in a region with high traffic and quantifiably bad drivers so road safety is an issue. You never know when some self-important jerk who thinks the laws about not using cell phones while driving don’t apply to them will rear-end you as they try to beat a light through a crowded intersection. Obviously, I have my kids strapped into car seats to keep them as safe as possible but there are other things that can increase our safety in the car. Here are a few key steps I take:

  • Don’t Talk on the Phone or Text 1 of 6
    Don't Talk on the Phone or Text
    My state has actually passed laws prohibiting cell phone handset use and texting while driving. Really, that should be common sense by now. Cell phones are time and attentions sucks when you're not going 60 mph. Why risk it when you're in motion?
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  • Don’t Eat and Dirve 2 of 6
    Don't Eat and Dirve
    I recently got rear-ended by a young man who was looking down to grab his breakfast from a fast food bag and rolled into my car. My baby was less than a month old at the time and to say I was freaked would be an understatement. Everyone was fine but it was a reminder that food is best consumed at a table.
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  • Clean Out Loose Objects 3 of 6
    Clean Out Loose Objects
    My car is often littered with kids books, discarded sweatshirts, and empty water bottles. I try to be vigilant about cleaning them out each evening because I don't want them flying around like missiles in the event of a crash. A car seat won't protect anyone from being hit by a travel coffee mug.
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  • Secure The Cargo Area 4 of 6
    Secure The Cargo Area
    This is something I need to do. My trunk area is open and the last thing I want is my groceries - or my stroller - being shaken loose by an accident and flying over the seat back into the passenger space. I'm looking into a cargo net to hold everything down.
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  • Check Car Seat Installation 5 of 6
    Check Car Seat Installation
    Once a week or so I like to check that my car seats are still fastened correctly and haven't gotten loose. It's a quick thing and it gives me peace of mind.
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  • Keep Up Routine Maintanence 6 of 6
    Keep Up Routine Maintanence
    Sure, adding an oil change to your schedule or new tires to your budget can be a hassle, but it can make such a difference. I like to take my car to a trusted mechanic for stuff like oil changes so I can have him eyeball the whole thing and tell me if he sees any potential problems before they crop up.
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