Wintertime Dos and Don'ts for Car Seat Safety

Well, winter is upon us (in many places, anyways!). And with that colder weather comes the need to bundle up and keep the family warm. But what about when you're in the car? Here are the dos and don'ts of winter car seat safety:...more

Let's Not Let Any More Babies Die in Hot Cars

It's (finally) spring, and some parts of the country and world are starting to warm up quickly. With the sun coming out come the reminders about the dangers of leaving kids (and pets) in the car. Cars warm up very quickly in direct sunlight, even when the temperature is fairly mild, and a child or animal trapped in a hot car can suffer dehydration, heat stroke, hyperthermia, and even death if left long enough....more

Car Seats Need to be Simpler

Car seats are too complicated. This is the conclusion I've come to. Most people do not install their car seats correctly. The ones that are aware of this demand to have their seats checked by a professional, but often the "professionals" are not certified either. Most people who do not install their seats correctly don't know that they haven't installed them correctly. On top of that, most people don't use the car seat properly once it's installed, compounding the problem. ...more
They should, but most people can't afford a new car right now.more

Car Care Tips Before Hitting the Road

The summer months are the perfect time to take a road trip but before you hit the road it's important to make sure your car is ready for the trip.  In this economy people have been keeping their cars a lot longer than in the past which means you really want to be sure you keep up on your cars maintenance. Besides just worrying about your cars fuel efficiency, you should make sure you always have good tires on your car and you have rountine engine maintenance. Both these things will be a benefit to your car's overall performance not to mention they will help with fuel efficiency....more

Are You Missing the Funny Because You're Too Busy Judging?

As any parent raising babies, toddlers and preschoolers knows, safety requirements and doctor recommendations are constantly changing. What babies can and can't eat has evolved over time. Whether young kids should or should not watch TV is constantly being revised. Child-proofing your house has become an industry.Becoming a parent, I hadn't realized there were so many innocuous ways your child could be hurt and die and you would become an unknowing and unwilling participant. Baby swings, high chairs, cribs, toys, walkers, and even clothes can become hazardous when set within inches of a baby....more
Refraise: AAP recommendations. I should think and write at the same time more often.more

Take off winter jackets in car seats

Today I'm bringing you a safety bulletin for winter car safety when you're driving with little ones.Heavy winter coats don't belong on kids in carseats. ...more

That's a good point! And even without an accident, it can be annoying to re-dress them every ...more

10 Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Car

One of the things I traditionally do at the start of a new year is clean out the inside of my car. It's just as glamorous as it sounds, particularly because I gave birth to a couple of trash factories a few years back. Sometimes the things I find on this annual excursion are best left undisclosed. ...more

I know it seems very simplistic, but really this has become a 'must have' in my vehicle. I ...more

Taking the Scare Out of Driving on Halloween

Driving on Halloween can be frightening for motorists, especially when little "ghouls" and "goblins" - out after dark and full of excitement - forget road safety rules or wear costumes or masks that limit their vision. ...more

Check Engine Light - Don't Ignore me!

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What in Your Trunk?

Greg Grimer of Voices in Business a new media firm specializing in sponsor-lead thought leadership productions, shared these great car travel safety tips with AskPatty readers recently and I thought these are good winter driving safety items to keep in YOUR trunk: Things to carry in your trunk *Duct Tape. Buy a good quality brand from a hardware store. Worth it’s weight in gold. ...more

I drive almost 50,000 miles a year. Here's what I carry:
*my AAA card--a gift three years ago, ...more