3 Ways to Ensure Your Child’s Safety in a Car Seat

Today, parents have several options when it comes to keeping their children safe while on the road. Understanding the benefits of each option can help parents decide what kind of car seat to use. A good driving school should explain this if you’re getting your first car seat.

1. Choose the right car seat.

Parents are encouraged to choose a car or booster seat based on their child’s size and age. It’s also important to make sure it fits well in your vehicle. Every car seat does not fit every vehicle. Be sure to do your homework and try before you buy.

Follow the instructions to make sure you’ve installed the seat properly. If you are unsure, ask another parent. In some cities, firefighters, police officers, and other government employees are trained to help install car seats. Check with your city government website to see what is available.

Car seats can be expensive, and it may be tempting to use your sister’s car seat that her kids have outgrown or to pick one up on Craigslist. Used car seats can save you money, but it’s important to ask questions and conduct some research before you buy. Here’s a checklist:

Ask if the seat was ever in use during a car accident. Unless it was a minor accident, pass on the seat.

Guarantee that the seat has all of its parts.

Only buy a used seat with an instruction manual or one that you can get from the manufacturer.

Make sure the seat hasn’t been recalled by the manufacturer. If it has, it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker if you call the manufacturer to find out if the defect can be fixed.

2. Know when to switch safety seats.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages parents to keep children facing the back of the car as long as possible. Convertible or all-in-one seats, as opposed to rear-facing infant seats, grow with your child and keep them in the rear-facing position longer.

Convertible seats can be switched from rear-facing to front-facing once the child outgrows the rear-facing configuration, somewhere between the ages of 1 and 3. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children stay in the rear-facing position until age 2 if at all possible.

All-in-one seats have both rear- and forward-facing options as well as a booster seat, which is recommended for children 8-12 years, or a child who has outgrown their front-facing seat. Kids should stay in a booster seat until a seat belt fits properly. Even then, consider keeping children age 12 in the back seat, which is a safer location if you are in an accident.

You can tell when a child has outgrown their seat when they have reached the maximum height and weight listed by the manufacturer. Keep all the paperwork for your seat, and be sure to register it so they can contact you in case of a recall.

3. Use car seats on public transportation.

Taxis and some buses have seat belts that may allow parents to fasten a car seat in place. If riding on a bus or train without seat belts, keeping a child in a car seat may offer some protection.

The Federal Aviation Administration and AAP recommend children under 40 pounds fly in a car seat. You should buy an extra ticket and make sure that your car seat is FAA-compliant. Be sure to find out if the airline has any specific regulations about flying with young children.

Help Your Kids Drive Smart

Learning how to drive is one of the most significant parts of many children’s adolescent years.

The ability to take the car and go places on their own means that they have finally secured a certain degree of freedom.

Teenage kids are usually very eager to learn how to drive and it’s great to be able to help them learn before they have to take their driver’s tests. Here are some tips for helping your kids learn how to drive.

Take your own driving lessons

One of the best ways to prepare yourself for teaching your kid to drive is by getting in the drivers seat and having someone else instruct you. I learned how to drive from one of the best driving school in Queens, Access2Drive.

Scout out a location

When your kids are first learning how to drive, they should be behind the wheel in a safe and secure location.

Look around your town for wide, car-free parking lots that are open to the public or other spaces that don’t pose any danger to a new driver. You want to have them practice in a space that feels comfortable and danger-free.

Work up to the hard stuff

When you’re teaching your kids something as big and difficult as driving, you want to make sure you start out doing the simple stuff.

Even reversing out of the driveway and then pulling back into the garage are important steps in the learning process.

You can continue to increase in very slow and gradual increments until you are ready to tackle the roads and highways. Remember to follow all the local laws and restrictions when taking your kid out on the roads.

Have a plan

Teaching a teen to drive requires a well thought out plan broken down into different steps and also takes into account the particular learning level and driving skills of your teen.

You have to pay attention to how much they’re learning and what their strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to getting behind the wheel. Make sure to come up with a plan beforehand and to adjust it as needed according to what your teen’s strengths and weaknesses are after you see them perform behind the wheel.

Driving With Kids

Driving with kids can be an adventure. But it also can be extremely dangerous, especially if the driver becomes distracted by the actions of child passengers.

At Access2Drive in Long Island, we teach our students how to drive with kids and feel comfortable on the road.

According to AAA, drivers spend more than half of their time behind the wheel focused on things other than driving—and that number can be even higher when kids are in the car.

As a parent or caregiver, the last thing you want to do is to ignore your kids. But although it’s important to take care of your kids’ needs, it’s more important to make sure they’re safe by keeping your attention on the road and avoiding distracted driving behaviors.

Tips for Driving with Kids

Sooner or later, nearly every driver will be forced to experience driving with children in the car.

The best way to maintain focus when driving with kids is to plan ahead and create a scenario that minimizes opportunities for distractions.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

In-Car Movies or Family Music Selection. In-car CD players, the radio and portable DVD players and other technologies make it possible to keep kids entertained with music and movies during long and even short car trips.

Although you’ll need to monitor the volume, videos can keep the kids in the backseat entertained for hours.

Activity Bags. Younger kids enjoy activity bags filled with books, candy, magnetic travel board games and other goodies.

The catch is that some activities are more effective and age appropriate than others, so you’ll need to experiment to discover which items work for your kids.

Frequent Breaks. Take frequent breaks on long car rides to break up the trip. As much as possible, allow your kids to be active when they stop and encourage them to burn off their excess energy. With any luck, they might tire themselves out and nap for a portion of the ride.

Another Adult. One of the best ways to avoid distractions when driving with kids is to have another adult in the vehicle to help manage your kids’ needs. While solo adults are prone to distracted driving, the presence of another adult allows the driver to completely concentrate on driving the vehicle.

Driving with babies presents a whole new set of distracted driving challenges. Although bottles and infant-appropriate toys can help, there may be little you can do to prevent bouts of crying. If necessary, don’t hesitate to pull over and calm your child down so you can maintain focus when driving.

Writing A Plan For The New Year

To be honest, I don’t like resolutions.

Resolutions tend to start out bright and shiny, and then become dull when something gets in the way or it just becomes too hard.

Whether we’re talking about losing weight, being more organized, or improving the quality of our lives or our writing, resolutions are make-or-break: an all or nothing mindset.

Most resolutions fail because we aim too high or are unrealistic when we set our goals.

Instead, I love setting goals and making plans to accomplish those goals.

January is the perfect time to create new goals.

It is the blank slate, the fresh page on the calendar, the promise of beginnings; the perfect do-over.

Forget your past mistakes and start again.

Make the New Year the year you achieve your dreams by setting realistic goals and making a workable plan.

Finding Time

This year, I achieved my goal to become a better driver. I got my driving license, I took a driving lesson package with Access 2 Drive Driving School.

In order to be successful, we have to incorporate it into our schedule, instead of always waiting for the perfect moment. How many times have you thought, ‘I’ll wait until the kids are older,’ ‘I’ll really be a writer if I win that award for a month at a writer’s retreat,’ or ‘I’ll write when I have more time?’

How many times have you thought, ‘I’ll wait until the kids are older,’ ‘I’ll really be a writer if I win that award for a month at a writer’s retreat,’ or ‘I’ll write when I have more time?’

If you really think you are too busy to write, sit down and make a list of everything you do in a day. Now really study it. If you are at work from

Now really study it. If you are at work from 8am to 5pm, maybe you could write during your two coffee breaks or at lunchtime. Stay at home parents can sneak in some writing when the kids are napping or enjoying a video.

Take control of your schedule by creating a yearly plan for anything you want to achieve.

If time is a struggle, check your schedule and look for snippets that you could use for writing.

Get up one hour earlier than usual or go to bed a little later.

If you want to achieve more, see if there are activities that you could eliminate.

If time is a struggle, check your schedule and look for snippets that you could use to work on your goals.

Get up one hour earlier than usual or go to bed a little later.

If you want to achieve more, see if there are activities that you could eliminate.

Stop making excuses and just begin.

Driving On Snow And Ice

A skid is one of the worst things that can happen if you are a new driver.

I experienced a skid on my third day of driving. I learned how to drive during winter.

My family is still very much surprised I handled it well like I have been driving for a very long time.

That is due in part to the fantastic training I received from the incredible driving instructor I had at Access2Drive in Queens.

In case you don’t know, they provide you with one of the best driving lessons you can’t get elsewhere.

I won’t advise anyone to try getting a skid. It can be very dangerous.

And the best way to survive a skid is to avoid getting one in the first place.

Developing those skills could take hours of practice.

In the face of bad weather, it’s best to stay at home.

I would not advise a beginner to drive when it’s snowing. It can be very dangerous.

The risk of a crash is very high during these times.

I had a friend from Colorado, who always boast to me that he can drive in the snow. That’s arrogance and pride of course.

Well, I told him, here in Texas, these guys who are on the road can’t.

I am not here to say you can’t drive when it’s snow and icy. You can.

But here is the ugly truth:

It is all about tires.

If your tires can’t, then you are endangering your life being on the road.

To have adequate snow traction, a tire (even a winter tire) requires at least 6/32-inch deep tread, according to Tire Rack.

I’ll advise you to get winter tires and all-season tires.

Use winter tires mostly during the winter and use all-season tires during the summer. That way, you keep your life safe while on the road.

But the best advice is for you to stay home when there are a lot of snow and ice on the road.

Even if you have the best snow tires, nothing guarantee that other people on the road have the same. You are at risk of getting hit.

Stay home when the road conditions are dangerous.

That’s the best advice.

Thanks for reading.

Fatigue: The Driving Danger That People Ignore

There’s a big danger people are rarely talking about today when they are on the road:

It’s called driver’s fatigue.

Like in most things we do, being fatigue can be very dangerous to our lives.

Let’s stop putting our lives at unnecessary risks on the road.

I’ve seen friends jump into another friend’s car because a free ride is very appealing.

But when the driver (friend) is so tired because he hasn’t slept for 2 days?

That’s no longer a free ride. In fact, it becomes a dangerous ride and you must avoid it if you really do care for your life.

I’ve seen this happen many times before, and it doesn’t make any sense at all.

Being fatigue significantly increase the risk of a crash.

It makes you less aware of what is happening on the road and impairs your ability to respond quickly and safely if a dangerous situation arises.

Driver fatigue is believed to contribute to more than 30% of road crashes.

Imagine that.

30% of road crashes is a lot.

That’s a lot of lives lost.

Many things can cause driver fatigue.

Lack of sleep is number one.

Avoid driving at the time of the day when you should be sleeping.

Or, get a lot of sleep when you usually do before jumping on the road.

Young drivers make this mistake because they are so excited about driving that they almost want to drive all the time.

Business travelers also make this mistake.

That is why I recommend you always travel by air or the fastest means of transportation if your destination isn’t too far away. It’s very important that you heed this advice.

My driving instructors at Access2Drive, a highly respected driving school in Queens does an amazing job telling young drivers never to get behind the wheel when they feel so tired.

The consequence of fatigue driving is very big.

I endeavor you to avoid it at all costs.

Thanks for reading.

Staying Safe On The Road

I drive too much these days. Going to work. Picking up the kids. And going out for picnics.

I like outdoors very much and my kids share those passion with me.

That’s not strange.

I see a lot of kids drive on the streets and I wonder if they’ve ever attended a driving school here in Queens. It’s surprising, you know.

Just this evening, I saw a teen driver moving at a very fast speed with ears plugged with headphones. Yesterday was the same thing, I saw a teen wearing iPods and driving at the same time.

That’s risk. Big risk!

And these teens have parents or maybe guardians. I wonder if they ever let them attend any Best Jamaica driving school or they were just self-taught that they don’t know what they should do and what they shouldn’t do.

It doesn’t make any sense to me.

Our roads are more dangerous than ever.

I see men and women, old and young, playing with their smartphones while driving at the same time. Their minds are split between two different things and they don’t even know it. They are multi-tasking.

Even I still find it difficult to multitask while writing. Believe me, I’ve tried many times. I always fail because it just doesn’t work.

Even the experts don’t recommend multitasking because it kills the brain.

But unknown to many, they have become married to their phones that no matter what they are doing or where they are, they still want to do something on it.

That sucks.

It makes our roads less safe for everybody.

The rate of car accident deaths is rising very hard. It doesn’t look good at all.

I try to stay away from those high-risk drivers when I see them.

Staying safe just doesn’t depend on you alone. You also have to try away from those idiots. When you see them at your front, it’s better you pause for them to move far away from you or you simply switch lanes.

Doing this makes you a wise driver of course.

And as you continue to do this, you’ll find yourself avoiding troubles on the roads.

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Practice. Practice. Practice.

To get good at anything, you need practice, practice and more practice.

In my teen years, I used to think many things are hard until I jumped into them.

For example, I did badly in mathematics.

I hate mathematics.

In fact, it puts me to sleep.

And I loathe anyone who likes it because I hate it so much.

The reason why I hate it so much is because I couldn’t get good at it.

I tried everything I could. But I’m always pushing myself. So, I stopped trying to become a good mathematician.

Six months ago, I changed my mind about mathematics. I decided to learn and get good at it again.

I made the commitment to practice mathematics every day.

As if it was waiting for me to change my mind, I become so good at solving mathematics problems. I never thought I could solve those problems.

What’s the magic?

Practice.

I’ve found that the harder I practice, the easier it becomes.

So is driving.

I don’t feel so comfortable behind the wheels. My mind is always racing as if it a F1 sport car.

But over the past few weeks, things have completely changed. I’m now better at driving.

I’ll like to thank my driving school in Queens.

They’ve been supportive over the past few weeks.

But the practice was the key.

Without practice, there’s no way I’ll become a perfect driver.

Just yesterday, I took my girlfriend for shopping.

Bought some nice clothes for her and she likes them.

She enjoyed the ride back home. Something we haven’t been doing for a long time.

Driving enable us to share more moments together. That helps our bond grow stronger and stronger every single day. I want to keep improving my driving skills with practice

I’m reaching out to you, if there are skills you want to learn, make sure you’re practicing harder and harder for them.

This video will help you more:

 

Driving On The Streets Of New York

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Today driving on the streets of New York.

And I could see almost everything a new driver should be scared of:

Children.

Pets.

Adults walking.

People playing and riding bikes.

I was real scared of hurting anyone.

But, I kept my head up and my heart cool. The most amazing the thing I did.

Many people get killed and injured every year due to reckless driving.

My instructors at my driving school are doing great work.

Those are my heroes. They told me almost everything I needed to know driving well on the streets. And today, I applied everything I was taught.

I took me weeks searching for the right Brooklyn driving school, and I’m so lucky to find the perfect one for me.

Access2Drive also have their locations in Baldwin and Long Island. Driving lesson in Queens County, New York.

In fact, their branch at Baldwin, Nassau Country does a better job than in Brooklyn as told by my good friends.

I’ll call them the best driving school in Queens.

One of the things I was told by the instructors at this driving school is to always inspect my car before driving it. This important driving lesson was emphasized more than any other.

I’m sure that if every driver out there starts heeding this driving advice, that is checking their car or jeep before taking it out, hundreds of life would be saved each year.

The seat belt is another.

As a new driver, I forgot to put on my seat beat.

I’d drove around for more than 20 minutes before I noticed one driver wearing his and then I suddenly remember that I haven’t done mine.

Not good of course.

If you have kids, this is even more important. Kids can easily fall because they have less weight and the ability to control themselves.

If you have an 18+ child who’s ready to start driving, make sure you teach them this important points.

Their driving school should also emphasize these important points, except you’re teaching them yourself of course.

But I always recommend that you let your kids go to a driving school where they have the best driving instructors available to put them through everything they need to know.

That’s why I recommend Access2Drive.

Thanks for reading my rant. And make sure you tell your friends and family about this.

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Driving The Streets For The First Time

I felt terrified the first time I hit the road with my mom’s car.

Of course, I’ve spent a whole month learning how to drive well. (Hint: I’m a slow learner, hence the reason why it took such a long time).

I’ve taken the 5-hour class from Access2Drive. This driving school offers the most superb driving experience for new drivers. I learned driving at their Brooklyn location.

They have offices in Long Island and Queens.

The tutors are amazing, understanding and very patient. This is something other driving schools in New York lacks.

After extreme driving, I decided to hit the roads. The experience was cool.

But that wasn’t the case at first. I had to request that my older brother join me in case I do something silly.

I got my confidence after 15 minutes of driving around the street and I could now comfortably make U-turns, reverse back and a lot more.

One thing I’m still trying to know as much about is speed.

Being on the right speed is the key in safe driving.

In a recent study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,

(2008 Motor vehicle Crash Data From FARS and GES):

  • 7% of all vehicle collisions happen at 30 MPH or less.

This study also showed 45% of fatal urban (city) crashes occur on local roads and city streets as opposed to highways and interstates.

Learning to drive the streets with the best speed is very important in driving.

So I made a call to the wonderful instructors at Access2Drive.

I was advised to avoid driving during the busiest time of the day, which is around 2:00-6:00 P.M.

Keep in mind that time may varies depending on the place you’re located.

You need to figure out what the busiest time of the day is over there and make sure that you’re not on the road during these times if you’re a new driver.

And another thing I was told is that I should always plan my route with map or any navigation device when driving in an unfamiliar city.

I’m also always looking at the color of the road divider to ensure that I’m on the right lane. At least, this will help me avoid some troubles.

I’m still learning driving, and I’m improving each day I get on the wheel.

I want to be a talented driver, so good that I can travel across the United States. That’s my ultimate goal.

Thanks for reading friends.

See you soon.