Driving Mistakes that Parents Need to Avoid

Even though you have done your research and have bought the safest car for your family, it doesn’t mean that your family, especially kids are 100% safe from harm, injuries or any unfortunate event of car incidents. Obviously, car accidents are not something that you can avoid although you have taken proper precautions because some collisions or faults are caused by the other drivers or road users.

Here’s a driving mistakes that parents need to avoid.

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Car Safety Tips for Parents of Young Kids

There is no doubt that as a family you will need to spend a lot of time traveling and transporting your kids around, from play dates to soccer matches, from school activities to grandma’s house and back again.

There are some tips to ensure that you keep your kids safe when they are in the car. However, your kids also have responsibilities when it comes to staying safe in a car. So, try to explain to your kids the importance of being safe and what they should do when they are in the car.

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Driving Habits That Parents Need to Develop

So, you’ve been driving since you were old enough to learn. In all that time you have picked up a lot of habits – both good and bad.

And now, there’s a child in the mix. With that comes a whole new list of habits for you to get into and develop. Because children watch, and they learn by watching. By being careful, you ensure the safety of your child.

Here are driving habits that new parents need to develop.

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Avoid These Car Dangers for Kids

Cars are effective and efficient machines. But, like it or not, cars can also be dangerous. As parents, we want to keep our kids safe and secure, which is why we buy expensive car accessories for them. As is the case for many illness and accidents, prevention is always better than cure.

Here are some of the car dangers that parents need to avoid:

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

It sounds extreme. It might even sound ridiculous. But 31% of people hospitalized for Carbon Monoxide poisoning in 2016 were under the age of 14. It is a big deal – especially for young children and babies.

Carbon Monoxide gets expelled through a car’s exhaust system. The best way to avoid any incidents always ensured your children have access to fresh air. Don’t let your vehicle run idle in an enclosed space, and by extension don’t leave your child in or around the vehicle while you’re doing it.

If you have to let the car run to warm up, like in the winter months, do it outside the house and garage. Keep an eye on your car’s maintenance schedule too – don’t risk any faults or leaks.

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How to Take a Long Trip with a Toddler

Lengthy car trips can be exhausting for everyone, especially for a toddler. They have a lot of energy to walk and run, but on a long trip, they will be sitting in the car for hours and hours! Try these tips on how to take a long trip with a toddler.

Safety first

Before you hit the road, make sure that everything is prepared. Make sure that your toddler’s car seat is installed properly. Check your car condition, make sure the tires are all alright as well as ensure that brakes and lights are all working. Don’t forget to pack some first-aid kit and essential car safety equipment.

Also, make sure that your phone is fully charged, or else you could bring a portable charger and extra battery. At last, make sure you do not lack sleep because sleep deprivation can cause frazzled nerves and harm you and your toddler. By being rested, you can avoid distractions while driving.

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How to Keep Kids Entertained on Long Trips

Having an extended trip with children could be fun. Or it could be awful! Being in a car for a long period, kids are prone to boredom and anxiety. This could be a recipe for disaster!

If you want to keep your driving to be relaxed and satisfying, bring some things to entertain your children and keep them occupied. Here are some helpful tips to keep your children entertained on long trips.

Let your kids do creative activities

Keep in your mind that kids are creative individuals. Bring them some artistic stuff to keep them occupied by drawing and making other creative things.

Making art will help to prevent your kids from quickly get bored. Pack in a bag; crayons, whiteboards, papers, colored-pencils, markers, etc. You can also give them an activity book and stickers that don’t need any pens or markers.

There are tons of activity ideas on Pinterest. If you have some time, you can create those yourselves. Or if you are trying to save some money, you can go to a Dollar store near you for some good deals.

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Safety Precautions When Parking at a Public Place

Have you ever felt nervous parking your car in a public place that you are not familiar with? Well, worrying about your car when you park it in a public area is a very reasonable thing, especially if the place doesn’t seem friendly. You have perhaps left your vehicle on a public street and found it vandalized. At worst, you might lose your car.

Even though parking in public spaces comes with its challenges and may cause nightmare to many drivers, it still popular in urban centers. Lots of drivers have no choice but to park their car in some opened area, which exposes to damage, vandalism, or even theft. Parking at a public place is one of the most underestimated safety hazards for your vehicles.

Here are some measures of safety precautions when you have to park your car at a public place.

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What to do if a Thief Breaks into your Car

You went to a mall to go shopping. You park your car and you spend a couple of hours at the mall. But imagine the horror if you go back to your car and discover that it has been broken into. Not only that, your valuables and personal belongings are missing!

Even if you take precautions, theft at public places can still happen. If it happens to you, don’t panic, and follow these steps.

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What to Do If You Lose Your Driver’s License

Losing your driver’s license is not fun! In addition to the hassle of reapplying for a  driver’s license, you also run the risk of potential identity theft. So if you lose your driver’s license, follow these tips to help you avoid bigger problems.

Try to remember where you lost it. Retracing your steps may help.

The first thing to after you realized that don’t have your driving license with you is to retrace your steps, ask around, and check all the possible place it might be. There is always a change for it to be found. Well, if you still come up empty and there is no sign of it, it’s time to take quick action as you might have lost it or someone may steal it. You may also want to assess if anything else is missing.

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Things You Should Do When Changing Lanes

When driving on a highway or even on an interior road, you should always remember traffic rules. Drivers can get into an accident if they are not alert to their surroundings. It’s so easy to get into a fender bender if you don’t check the lanes next to you and simply change into those lanes. Don’t let these accidents happen to you.

When changing lanes, you should always make sure that you and your passengers are safe. Remember the following guidelines and make them your habit.

Stay on your lane as much as possible.

Don’t change lanes too often. Weaving in and out of traffic can be a sign of reckless driving and may get you in trouble. Traffic police may stop you and issue a ticket. Besides, that is a stressful way to drive! Plan for your trip in advance and make allowances for traffic. Leave your house early especially if you expect some heavy traffic along the way.

Consult Google Maps or Waze for the best route if you want to avoid traffic.

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