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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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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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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What Does Yield Sign Mean?

Road signs can be confusing sometimes. But I didn’t realize that there is some online controversy and debate about what the yield sign really means.

Yield signs, which is often depicted by the inverted triangle with red lines along the sides of the triangle, can be usually found on merge lanes at freeways, highways, or some intersections.

What is the meaning of the yield sign?

First, let’s talk about what it is NOT.

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5 Tips in Looking for Private Driving Lessons

Most new drivers tend to get their driving lessons from family members–their father, mother, a sibling, or even a close relative. At times, close friends may even devote their time to help someone learn to drive.

But what if family members or friends are just not available? And you don’t even have a car on which to practice on? This is where private driving lessons come in. They can help you learn the driving skills and knowledge you need.

Before you sign on the dotted line, however, consider the following tips in looking for private driving lessons.

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Parents’ Guide to Buying, Maintaining, and Driving a Family Car

Being a parent is exciting and sometimes can be a cause for concern and worry. And since you want your child to be safe and secure in the car or wherever they are, we are providing this guide for parents to buy, maintain, and drive a family car.

This article is long, but it is divided into several sections. Feel free to skip to the part that you need to read and make sure to take action.

Parents Guide to Buying a Family Car

There are so many things to consider when you are expecting. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time or your 4th time. You need to consider a thousand things before the baby arrives in your life–gear that you need for the baby, how to make your home safe for the little one, and how to ensure that your baby has everything she needs.

One of the biggest things that parents need to do is to choose a family car. You may already have a car that you use for your daily commute. But will that be enough for your new family’s needs?

If you are thinking of buying a family car, there are several things you need to consider.

Budget

I hate to start with money considerations. But that’s the truth. Having a baby is expensive! There’s no going around that fact. You will need to buy a car seat, a crib, feeding bottles, pack and play, bassinet, and a thousand other things you will need inside and outside the home.

This will be a personal decision that you need to run by your spouse or partner. Take a good look at your personal financial situation and decide on what you can afford. This will give you an idea of what options you can realistically take.

Don’t skimp on the essentials. The other considerations below should give you a good idea of the essentials that you cannot sacrifice. There are many options for you out there.

You can buy a new car or a used car for your family. But it will help you prioritize your needs for the baby and for your whole family.

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Best Car Smartphone Mounts Reviews

Car smartphone mounts are definitely a must for drivers today. While traffic laws prohibit calling or texting while driving, most map and navigation apps are on smartphones. We don’t even need separate GPS devices now. Texting and calling isn’t much of a problem these days, too, if you have a voice assistant like Siri or Google Assistant in your phone.

But it is a pain if you just hold on to your phone while driving. Worse, if you set it down, you may be distracted from driving if you look down just to see the directions you need to follow.

This is why you should have a smartphone mount in your car. I’m actually surprised that most cars don’t have a nook or a niche for a smartphone in the dashboard yet. It should be included in their dashboard design now.

I have had my share of smartphone mounts over the years, most of them are the suction type. But they tend to last for only a short time. You have probably experienced the same problem, too. Which is why I am on the lookout for the best car smartphone mounts.

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5 driving tips for new drivers learning how to drive

It is never too late to learn driving. In fact it is the most independent and convenient way to get around with ease. However, learning how to drive isn’t as easy and straightforward as one might think. Taking driving lessons and getting that much awaited license is the just the beginning of your life behind the wheel. You are sure to have been taught the basics by your instructor regarding your car and driving it. Well, sitting at the wheel and steering it by your self is a totally different ball game.

The foremost thing to follow while on road is safety – yours as well as others. Unfortunately though, according to statistics new and inexperienced drivers pose a very high risk of crashes and serious accidents. This is not to scare or discourage you from driving, just to make you aware of the perils you may face or pose while you are behind the wheel of your car. Now that you can legally drive it is imperative to follow a few pointers that will help you master the art of maneuvering your vehicle safely and confidently.

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