Wednesday, June 1, 2011

10 Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe on the Road

With summer break here, families are planning their vacations.  I know I have one planned, plus many weekend trips planned.  As parents, we know there is a lot more to planning a vacation than just making reservations and going.  We also have to do many things to ensure the safety of our families on the road. 
Safelite Auto and Social Moms has asked bloggers to share ten tips on keeping your family safe on the road.  Here is my list.

  1. Make sure your children have the proper car seats and that they are adjusted properly.  Children grow so sometimes, you will need to adjust straps or put them in a new seat. 
  2. Pack various items to entertain your children on long trips.  Make sure you make them accessible to your children so you don’t have to be distracted while driving.  In addition to videos, we pack handheld video games, a back pack filled with books, coloring books, markers and even little play sets if you have creative children.   We also pack some fun CDs in which we all sing along with as
  3. Gas up and keep an eye on the gas gauge.  Don’t wait till you are running low on gas to try to find a gas station. 
  4. Know where you are and where you will be traveling.   It is important to be aware of rural areas where you won’t be able to just stop and get gas or food when you want.  Plan to stop before long stretches of rural areas.  You don’t want to be in a deserted area and have a child constantly complaining about being hungry.
  5. Start out well rested.  Drowsy driving is not safe.  If you are getting drowsy, pull over and take a break.  Have a cup of coffee or just get some fresh air.  It is a good idea to plan travel breaks on long trips. 
  6. Have set rules for the car.  No shouting and no throwing things are two very important rules that we have set with our children.  Both can be a huge distraction for drivers.
  7. I like to take my car into the service station to make sure everything is top notch.  They can check belts, fluids, breaks and top fluids or make any repair recommendations.
  8. Check the tires.  Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have proper tread.  Look for nails, screws, or anything else that may have punctured the tire, but you haven’t noticed yet.  Also check the spare to make sure it is in good working condition in case you need it.
  9. Think you can ignore a chip in your windshield? Think again! The windshield provides up to 30% of your vehicles structural integrity, and a chip smaller than 6 inches (or the size of a dollar bill) can easily be repaired by filling it with a special resin.
  10. Forget do-it-yourself repair kits. The resin could easily shrink or yellow, lowering the quality of the repair. Safelite AutoGlass uses a patented repair process… A vacuum is created over the damaged area and the resin penetrates and fills the finest micro-cracks. The technician pulls off the vacuum changer and the UV light hardens the resin. Safelite’s resin is proven to be the strongest and longest lasting on the market.  Safelite AutoGlass brings you peace of mind by emailing you a Technician Profile before your appointment, showing you a photograph and credentials of the technician coming to your home or place of business.

So, before you get on the road, make sure you take the time to be prepared and travel safe!

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Safelite blogging program, for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.


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