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Car safety tips

10 Reasons your child is ready to transition from a car seat to a booster seat.

A belt-positioning booster seat (BPB) is a type of child safety seat that elevates and positions children so that the vehicle lap and shoulder belt fit them properly.  Kids who have outgrown a forward- facing harness seat are not ready for just a seat belt or the front seat yet.  Instead, they should transition to a booster seat that enables the adult seat belt to fit properly.

Before transitioning to a booster seat, your child should be: 

  1. 4-8 years old.
  2. At least 40 pounds
  3. Up to 4 feet 9 inches tall.
  4. His or Her lap and shoulder belt should fit snuggly. (The lap belt should fit across the hips and the shoulder belt across the shoulder).
  5. Your child’s ears should reach the top of their forward-facing seat.
  6. Your child’s shoulders should be above the top harness slots in their forward-facing seat.
  7. Your child’s neck should not rest too high on his stomach.
  8. Your child should be mature enough to sit properly in the booster. Slouching or leaning over or sleeps frequently in the vehicle, he may not be ready for a booster seat.
  9. Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions (check height and weight limits) and read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or lower anchors and a tether, if available.
  10. Your child should meet the requirements of your state laws regarding booster seat use.
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16 Common sense Emergency Kit items you should have in your car during winter storm months

How to Make an Emergency Survival Kit

A winter survival kit is essential to have in your car In an emergency, it could help save your life and the lives of your loved ones. A basic car kit should contain the following:
  • Energy bars or Nuts
  • Water
  • Blankets
  • Extra clothing (include shoes)
  • First aid kit with seatbelt cutter or pocket knife
  • Small shovel, scraper/snowbrush
  • Salt, or kitty litter for tire traction
  • Flashlight
  • A vehicle car extinguisher
  • Fuel container
  • Emergency reflectors
  • Booster cables
  • Car charger/adapter
  • Matches
  • Whistle
  • Copy of your emergency plan
Ten tips to keep your car in great condition and ready for winter storms.
        Everyone should be cautious about traveling in extreme winter weather. Cold, snow and ice are demanding on cars, drivers and passengers. Cold affects metal, rubber and other materials in your car. It can reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle’s battery by at least 50 percent. It can freeze tires and keep them flat on the bottom for at least the first half-mile of travel. It can thicken your car’s lubricants, making the engine work too hard. Most importantly, extreme winter weather can threaten your life.

1.      Get your brakes inspected, a good rule of thumb is to inspect brake pads every 12,000 miles.

2.      Ask your service technician to check your brake fluid.

3.      Make sure heater and defroster work properly.

4.      Check for oil levels.

5.      Maintain proper fluid levels on your windshield wipers, repair any problems.

6.      Check your tire pressure.

7.      Check your anti-freeze levels to avoid freezing.

8.      Make sure your thermostat works properly.

9.      Make sure battery terminals are clean.

10.  Maintain a half tank of gas during winter driving.

Ten things to do to survive being trapped in your car during a winter storm.

1.    Stay in your vehicle during a storm to avoid exhaustion and being lost

2.    Make your vehicle noticeable. Display a trouble sign for ex. (place a brightly colored cloth on antenna)

3.    Shovel yourself out.

4.    Use newspapers, maps, car mats for insulation.

5.    Run your engine for about 10 minutes each hour.

6.    Keep your exhaust pipes clear of snow to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

7.    Huddle together for warmth.

8.    Move your arms, hands and legs to improve circulation.

9.    Never leave without a winter survival emergency kit.

10.  Stay calm!

Driving during winter storms:

1. Make sure you have full or near full gas tank

2. Let a friend or relative know your predicted arrival time.

3. Make sure you charge your cell phone

4. Keep extra food and water

5. Keep extra gasoline for emergency fuel, Make sure to take your winter survival kit.






   


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