The safety of my child is the one thing I take more seriously than anything else. I will do anything to make sure she is safe and secure wherever we go, especially when we are in the car. That’s why I have a checklist of things I will never, ever do in the car, as well as a list of things I must do to stay safe. It may seem like common sense but it never hurts to review a simple checklist once in a while.
1. Turn on the hand-less set: There is no need to EVER pick up the phone in the car. One thing I do before the car is started is activate my ear bud or connect my phone with the radio speakers.
2. Adjust the mirrors: I have to make sure I can see everything when I drive. Since my husband often drives the car too we adjust the mirrors a lot and it is important to adjust them back. It not advisable to adjust mirrors while driving so take the time to do this before the car is started.
3. Secure the car seats: When I strap in the kids I ALWAYS make sure the seat belts are clicked. I even give them an extra tug to make sure they are snug. Sometimes I have to make sure a toy gets dislodged from underneath the car seat, you never know what can get in there.
4. No drinks!: It is hard, but I don’t let myself eat distracting snacks. The only thing I really allow myself is a simple cool drink with a straw on long trip. I steer clear of anything uncovered and/or hot. You don’t want to risk anything spilling!
5. Kids stuff next to them: Now that my daughter is old enough I set up a bag for her in the back and she can help herself as she needs so I don’t have to keep reaching back.
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