Car Seats and Children around your vehicle:
If you are shy when it comes to talking about the possibilities of car accidents, too bad. I would rather, any day, talk about it than have to witness it. You, the reader, I assume is an adult. You must be fully aware of the consequences of your actions, and thus must be willing to read through what are potentially horrible possibilities and unfortunate facts. This is important so you can avoid those potentialities throughout your life. It isn’t the knowledge that hurts, it is the impact of real vehicles that does. This is why, if you don’t fully understand why you shouldn’t do something, you better read the whole description. It is the knowledge that will help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Should I use Car Seats for my children? Of course, and make sure they’re the right size. If not, and you just buckle them in, the strap might, with the right force, cut your child in half, or at a minimum cause internal bleeding, organ damage and possibly death. A car seat has straps across the breast thus reducing the impact on only one part of the body. This dissipation of the impact force over several parts of a child’s body is what helps keep your child uninjured and alive. Use them in Airplanes as well or don’t fly with that airlines if they don’t allow children’s safety seats. Your child comes first, not the airlines carry-on policy.
Children in the front seat? NEVER! That’s where they are way more likely to die in an automobile accident. Those airbags will crush their faces, break their necks, compress their spines. Children are just not big enough to handle the impact or airbags, or the collision itself. Remember that the vehicle is probably traveling forward and that the car engine is designed to collapse and absorb the energy of the impact. Keep your children away from all of that. Never, ever, let them in the front seat.
Buckle up your children? You Better or you might see them flying past you through the windshield and landing inside of another car or even crashing into the back of the skull of a front passenger.
Why are you so blunt? It is not my language or the tone in which I communicate that is dangerous, it is people who would rather not implement safe habits in their lives that is dangerous. Sometimes it is better to talk about the potential of something happening rather than having to actually live through an event.
It’s easier for me as the driver to get out and open the back door that’s on the street side to get my kid out. What, are you crazy? An oncoming vehicle could be out of control. Taking your child out on the sidewalk side leaves your vehicle as a protection buffer between you, your child and that oncoming out-of-control vehicle. On that side your family has a chance to survive, on the street side you only have a chance to make funeral arrangements.
Backing Up. It’s so easy to toss the gear into reverse and ‘think’ all is clear behind you, but get into the habit of keeping your foot on the brake and checking all mirrors. Of course before getting into the vehicle make sure you look behind your rear wheels to ensure it’s clear, and purchase a vehicle with a back up camera. What will prevent you from feeling your tires run over a child will be that few second pause and checking you do… so much easier than dealing with the consequences of not checking.
Don’t be Lazy. Take the extra few seconds to do things properly. As you practice those things you’ll find they take even less time to accomplish in the future.
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Have you received a ticket before?
I have. Probably you have too. Lets be honest, it’s bound to happen, a parking ticket, a moving violation ticket, etc. For those who have received multiple tickets, stay clear of them. If you know them, have a talk with them. Suggest that they might be putting other people’s lives at risk, not just their own (which you care so much about) and that they might not like the feeling of living the rest of their lives with the knowledge that they hurt and changed the course of someone else. They may be resistive and defensive, but typically they will start thinking about their actions. Next time you see them just say hi and not press the issue, unless they want to talk about it some, and they understand that it is their responsibility and not yours to keep others safe.
It scares me to think of just how many times someone, who has received 8 tickets before, has actually broken the law. Certainly repeat offenders that are caught must be breaking the law, and thus taking chances, hundreds, perhaps thousands of times a year.
Today I helped prevent a fender bender. It would of been nothing major, but the sequence of events happened so fast that if I hadn’t stepped in an innocent driver and the other, careless driver, would of had to deal with it. Here’s what happened, I just crossed the street with another woman and we were both turning right to cross the next street. (more to come)
Do you speak up, or sit back and just witness life as it goes by?