This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
I got the opportunity to write a post regarding cars, I was really tempted to write a wishlist of automobiles I would love to drive but instead, I wanted to use this opportunity to write about something that matters more. Our kids are the most important things in our cars and every day we take them to appointments, run errands, activities and we spend so much time going in and out we sometimes forget the little things we need and should do to keep our babies safe. In this post, I am covering 5 car safety tips for parents.
5 Car Safety Tips For Parents
1. Car Seat Check
Please take time to review your child’s car seat manual. Make sure you are following the recommended guidelines and when in doubt take your car and car seat to a CPS (Child Passenger Safety) technician. There are age, weight, and car seat model restrictions and guides to follow.
Take time to know the correct way to buckle your child into their seat as well as yourself. More deaths occur each year, not because of accidents but because people inside of a car weren’t wearing their seatbelts.
2. Gas Up
My hubby and I end up in a lot of fights for this one but I know he’s right. Always make sure you’re above the halfway point on your gas when taking the kids anywhere. We live in Minnesota and sometimes it gets to negative temps. I’d never want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere, in the winter, with my kids in the r because I ran out of gas, especially at night.
3. Tire Pressure
I have to admit before I got with the hubby I had no idea how to check my tire pressure. It was something I assumed the tech guys would do that when I took my car in for oil changes. After we got married, Mike started doing our oil changes himself and he taught me how to check the tire pressure. The reason you should check your tire pressure is that under-inflated tires have a higher risk of damage and failure. Not only will they wear out faster if under-inflated, but faster deterioration can also lead to reduced control of your vehicle, tire blowouts, and crashes.
4. Emergency Car Kit
Breakdowns can happen anywhere and anytime, you don’t want to be stranded somewhere with the kids and you are underprepared or worse not prepared. You can create your own emergency car kit or buy one. Here are few things to include:
- First aid supplies like band-aids, gauzes, aspirin, antiseptic, hand sanitizer, etc.
- Multifunction tool like a pocket knife, scissors.
- Jumper cables
- Flashlight and batteries
- Snacks if you have young kids.
5. Limit Phone Use
This a biggie! Please do your best to limit your phone usage while driving. Don’t text and drive, or try to limit your talk time during driving. It takes 1 second of being distracted by your phone to change your entire life. There are tons of free apps you can use to help with phone distractions. Look in the rearview mirror and remember who you are responsible for.