Safe Driving Tips for Moms and Dads



Carefully installed car seats — check! State-of-the-art safety features — check! Perfect driving record — check! Now all you need to keep your mobile munchkins as safe and sound as possible are these common-sense tips for safe driving.


Don’t be a phone-y. An estimated 1.6 million traffic accidents — nearly a third of all crashes — occur because a driver is talking on a cell phone or texting behind the wheel. If you must make or take a call, or respond to a text, pull over at the next gas station/shopping center/parking area to do it (or install a hands-free cell-phone system). In addition to being unsafe, cell phone use while driving is against the law in eight states, and texting is a fineable no-no in 33 states.


Tether the toys. Those carefully selected, just-for-the-car playthings won’t do a bit of good if they wind up on


Fill up before you go. Your belly, that is. Chowing down while driving is a bad idea — even if you’re a multitasking maven, it’s hard to pay attention to the road when you’re trying to eat a sandwich or tear open a snack bag. If you really, really don’t have time to nosh between appointments and running errands, keep easy-to-eat nibbles like almonds in your car to tide you over, and snack on a few beforeyou start the engine.the floor. And you won’t do anyone any good if you try to reach behind you or look back to retrieve an AWOL toy. One safe-driving solution: Keep items within reach of your child by attaching them to her car seat. Plastic links are great, because you can adjust the length by adding or subtracting links. Just don’t use string or ribbon — that could be a strangulation hazard.


Keep your peepers glued to the pavement. Whether it’s a blubbering baby or squabbling sibs, don’t take your eyes off the road no matter what’s going on in the backseat. For car safety‘s sake, use the calmest voice you can muster to try to soothe your infant or referee the row. If that doesn’t work, pull over to a safe spot to put things in order — even if it means losing travel time. For everyone’s sake, adopt this safe-driving mantra: Better late than never.


Set a good example. Sure, your six-month-old won’t be begging to borrow the car for another 15 years or so, but between now and then she’ll be picking up on everything you say and do — and that includes how you behave behind the wheel. Got a tendency toward road rage? Be extra mindful of staying calm when another driver cuts you off. Need to lighten up that lead foot? Be super-conscious of your need for speed and slow down, Mom. By modeling safer driving tips, not only will you protect your child now, you’ll also protect her down the road by teaching her the smart habits she’ll need when she climbs behind the wheel herself. Have a safe trip!


Gear up for a car ride with your cutie by checking out this list of must-have car seats.


Source credit: WhatToExpect



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