This is a sponsored post that I feel very strongly about. Read on to find out why.
I want to take a moment to talk to you about car safety. With Christmas break coming up and along with it all of the holidays that entails, there will be a lot of driving happening. Many years ago now, my daughter had reached that age when she could finally be out of the car seat! How exciting! She felt like such a big girl! She was certainly tall enough and weighed the right amount. After having been in a car accident when she was only 1, and my being a paralegal who dealt with car accidents, I was a diligent mother who adhered closely to car seat requirements and safety laws. That all changed one day when one of my daughter’s friends got in a horrible car accident not long after they were all “big enough” that they didn’t “need” a carseat.
That accident taught all of us that “need” can apparently be a subjective term. You see, my daughter’s friend and her mother were hit by a drunk driver and it forever changed how we as parents looked at protecting our children in the car. Because my daughter’s friend was so small, the seatbelt, in its capacity of restraining her, actually (sorry if this is too graphic for you, but it’s reality) severed her intestines. This little precious girl, who was in second or third grade at the time, had to have her chest to abdomen opened up and repaired. Can you imagine going through that as an adult … and she was a little girl? Can you imagine living through that as her mom?! What did the professionals say? They said that a car seat could have possibly prevented that from happening.
If you think this could never happen to you, ponder this: every 33 seconds one child under the age of 13 is involved in a car accident. Having a safe car and a safe carseat for your child is absolutely imperative for a best case scenario.
So, here’s what I’d like you to do…
First, do a proper carseat check. Huh? That’s right! There’s actually a proper way and many improper ways to install a carseat. Read the directions thoroughly. Even if you’re a mom that’s had six children, every carseat is different and they update safety requirements all of the time. If you’re not sure if you’ve got that carseat in correctly, don’t wait another minute, go here: Cars.com Conducts Car Seat Checks to be sure you’ve done all you can! We never want to take the lives of our loved ones for granted.
Second, register that carseat! It’s pretty easy to register carseats. You usually either go online or simply fill out a card and pop it in the mail. This is so important because it allows the carseat manufacturer to notify you if there is any sort of recall on your carseat!
Lastly, want to make it easy on yourself? When purchasing a car, use someone reliable such as Cars.com and ask about their “Latch System.” This is an easy to install system that gives you comfort in knowing that you’ve gone the extra mile to keep your precious ones safe! Don’t you want to get rid of that wiggling carseat? I know you do because we all know that’s not safe!
So, this season, let’s reduce our stress by knowing that our loved ones are safe and secure as we travel to Grandma’s house and leave our stress for things such as if we thawed the turkey out in time. Leave the guess work to the professionals such as those at Cars.com and enjoy your holiday season.