When you are out and about in the car, there is a high chance that you have seen drivers who have absolutely no consideration for the road. You may also see drivers who spend more time turning their music up than they do trying to keep an eye on the changing traffic lights. If you don’t want to be “that” driver or if you want to do everything that you can to try and avoid an accident then there are a couple of things that you can do about this.
Stay Focused Even When With the Kids
Remember that driving is a primary task. You have a lot of things to think about when you are sat behind the wheel, and this includes your position, the traffic laws, road conditions and even directions as well. This is a lot to think about and it’s super important that you monitor all of this so that you can be the safest driver that you can be. Losing focus for a second or two can easily land someone in the hospital and you’d be surprised at how many accidents happen every year as the result of this. The problem is when you have kids in the back who are being fidgety or fighting, it’s very easy to take your eyes off the road for a second or two and this is completely normal. To avoid situations like this, try and explain to the kids the importance of concentration on the road and pull over to try and resolve the situation. The last thing you’ll want to do is try and reach into the bag for a juice box when trying to navigate a busy highway, so don’t let one thing take your concentration away from your driving. Try and be smart, and always make sure that the road is your primary objective. If you are struggling with this then it may be worth you going for a defensive driving course- which you can find here: americansafetycouncil.com/content/florida-defensive-driving-course.
All About Car Seats
If you have a car seat in the back of your car then make sure that you don’t have any heavy objects in the car cabin. They should all be under some kind of net or in the boot of the car if possible. The last thing that you want is for them to roll over or fly off somewhere if you have to brake suddenly. You’ll also want to avoid having a mirror designed to go with your backwards-facing car seat. It will distract you from the road and it can cause you more problems than not and if your child is squirming then there isn’t much that you can do about it anyway.
Children in the Front Seat
When you have the kids with you, there may be a constant battle to find out who can sit in the front seat and there may also be some fighting about this as well. The last thing that you need is to be stressed when you are going out somewhere, and to avoid this, all you have to do is have a rule that no child sits in the front seat unless they are old enough to drive. Children are not supposed to sit in the front seat until they are of a certain age anyway, so do keep this in mind.
We have all been tempted to just buckle the car seat in without all of the safety checks from time to time. This is completely understandable when you are in a rush- but it is important that you really check over the straps and buckles before you set off. After all, if your car seat is not strapped in properly then you may find that the whole thing shifts when you are driving and you may even find that it acts as another distraction for you. If you want to avoid this then one thing that you can do is take your time and always have the car seat strapped in wherever possible. It may even be worth you investing in another one so you don’t have to swap them around all the time. This is ideal if you live a hectic lifestyle and it is also great if you find that you are constantly struggling to get everything done.
So there are plenty of things that you can do to try and keep your kids safe when driving, and as a mother, it’s super important that you eliminate those bad driving habits. These tips are more than designed to get you started, the rest is up to you!