How To Get Ready To Drive A Baby?

Thursday, November 21st, 2013. Filed under: Baby Care Education

baby-shoe-and-keysPlenty of safety campaigns target adults and teenagers, many of whom spend their time on the road sending text messages, making calls, adjusting the car’s stereo, or otherwise distracting themselves from the road. All too often, far less attention is paid to preparing the car for the arrival of a newborn baby. This is no small task: Everything from car clutter to car seating needs to be adjusted in advance so that managing the child and securing them properly can go off without a hitch a moment’s notice.
For those new parents who aren’t yet familiar with how to “baby-proof” their existing vehicle, it might be a good idea to review the tips below. It’s never too early to get started with this process, especially since things get a bit unpredictable after the arrival of a newborn.
It’s Time to Clean Up and De-Clutter the Car’s Interior
As new parents, there’s probably one phrase that will become more common than any other: Keep out of reach of children. That certainly applies to most of the items tossed aside in the car, whether it’s a backpack, briefcase, or an old bag of fast food that somehow managed to avoid the trash can for weeks on end. All of this makes it harder to secure the child into place, and all of it represents a safety hazard if the vehicle gets into even a smaller fender bender.
Don’t let unorganized car junk turn into dangerous, projectile debris. Remove these items as soon as possible and commit to a car that’s safer, cleaner, and more enjoyable for all family members no matter their age.
Car Maintenance Will Take Center Stage for New Parents
Before the child arrives, and for every year after they’ve been born, vehicle maintenance should remain a top focus of parents. There’s a really good reason for this: Vehicles that are properly maintained and consistently inspected are less likely to break down or put any of the car’s occupants at risk of injury. These vehicles are therefore a great deal safer than those that are not subject to regular maintenance and tune-ups.
Well-maintained vehicles have the added bonus of simply having a better value proposition as well. They require serious maintenance less often, and cars that have been excellently maintained are typically able to stay on the road for a few extra miles. For parents on a budget, that really matters, and it’s a great added bonus for everyone involved.
Find the Right Car Seat and Secure it Properly
Car seats are an area of great importance when preparing for a new arrival to the family’s numbers. These seats place the child at the proper height, and give them the proper restraints, so that they can avoid the most serious forms of injury during a car accident. With that being said, car seats for children can only perform this important duty when they’re installed properly.
Be sure to read reviews of each major model available, choosing the seat regarded as both the safest and easiest to use by parents. Install it exactly as the directions recommend, doing so a few weeks before the child is born so that the seat can be checked and double-checked for oversights or safety problems.
Meticulous Preparation Will Prove to Make a Real Difference
Whether its car seat installation or preventative car maintenance, focusing on these three key areas will enhance the safety of both the drier and their youngest passenger. Following these guidelines consistently will enhance vehicle longevity, lead to major improvements in performance, and reduce the likelihood of child injury or inconvenience during daily driving.

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Sebastian writes about cars and driving safety at a couple of professional websites. You can get in touch with him via Facebook or Google+ or just leave a comment!

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