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Most Dangerous Driving Mistakes Moms Make

All smiles, but there's nothing more dangerous than looking backwards when driving a vehicle!

A recent survey of over 2,000 mothers of children under the age of two has showed a troubling number of women are making some dangerous decisions on the road - while their kids are in the backseat!

Here are some of the most common errors, and what we can do to change our behavior BEFORE accidents occur!

1. It's one thing to "multitask" when you're at work or home, it's another to drive distracted!

Nearly 75% of survey respondents said they're more stressed since they've had children, and most have trouble concentrating on one thing at a time. This same lack of concentration can be a key factor in life or death decision-making and driver reaction time. "It's become part of our culture to not just drive, but to drive and do 20 other things," says Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. Everything from applying makeup, checking texts and email, eating, or listening to music (Wiggles DVDs being played on high volume for our captive audience??) can make a driver preoccupied on what they shouldn't be concentrating on.

Here's an even scarier statistic - almost 8,000 accidents a day are caused by "distracted driving." Emails and makeup can wait for the parking lot!  A mere 5 second distraction could end in a lifetime of regret. If your child gets upset, pull over! Driving while a 2 year old is in full tantrum mode is not only headache-inducing, but extremely unsafe.

2. "But I'm talking on my cell via Bluetooth, not texting. I can do that, right?"

Experts say a resounding NO. 78% of participants revealed they talk on the phone while driving with their children, and a whopping 26% admit to checking text or check email. All are unquestionably reckless. "Research shows you're four times more likely to have an accident when you talk on your cell, even hands-free," says David Strayer, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and a leading researcher on car accidents and distracted driving. "That's the same risk as driving drunk," he adds. "When you text or email, your odds of having a crash shoot up eightfold, making it twice as risky as drunk driving. It's ironic, because if you ask moms if they'd ever drink and drive with their baby in the car, they'd say to you, 'Absolutely not!' But people don't consider cellphone use to be equally, if not more, dangerous." "Driving is a multitasking activity, before you add the phone," Dr. Durbin says. Research shows that when we are speaking, we miss half the visual stimuli in our vision - (brake lights, stop signs, pedestrians). In order to drive safe, turn off your ringer and notifications, and place your phone in the backseat so you won't be tempted to talk. Out of sight, out of mind!

3. New mothers get less sleep than truck drivers!

Here's a scary thought. New mothers are averaging 5 hours and 20 minutes of sleep a night. That's a full hour and a half less than the 6 hours and 50 minutes truckers average, according to the National Sleep Foundation. With multiple feedings in the middle of the night, and calming our children after a bad dream, it's no wonder moms are exhausted; BUT it's important for them to realize they shouldn't get behind the wheel! "Just one night on such little rest will slow your reaction time behind the wheel," Dr. Strayer says. Though many moms think they can handle their car after that first cup of coffee, a fatigued individual is likely to drift into a brief three- to four-second episode of sleep in traffic without even realizing it. And those seconds can be the difference between life or death!

"I had to pull over once because I was literally falling asleep with my 3-month-old son, Nicholas, in the back," says Larysa DiDio, who lives in Pleasantville, New York. "I kept veering off the road and slapping my face to stay awake. So I found a shady spot in the back of a Kmart parking lot, cracked the windows and locked the doors, and the baby and I napped! I remember thinking, Should I be sleeping here?" In answer? ABSOLUTELY!!  56,000 crashes a year are attributed to those who are sleep-deprived, according to the NHTSA. And as with distracted driving, the risk of having an accident is the same as when driving drunk. A cup or two of coffee or tea can help temporarily with a good shot caffeine, but nothing beats proper rest and a good night's sleep. If you start to feel you are drifting off, pull over to the nearest parking lot or shopping center. Those few minutes of rest and revitalization can be a life saver!

4. New mothers have an accident rate that equals that of teen drivers!

Almost 10% of new moms said they've been in an accident while driving with their baby. This may sound like a low number, but the rate is nearly THREE TIMES that of the general population. "It's on the order of the accident rate of teen drivers--a group we think of as particularly at risk," Dr. Durbin says. A possible cause? Looking backwards. Many mothers admit to turning around to check on their toddlers in the backseat while they are driving.  "I find that alarming," Dr. Strayer says. "Taking your eyes off the road, even for two seconds, increases your risk of an accident. In that time, a car going 55 miles per hour will travel 176 feet, about half the length of a football field, with no one really piloting it."

Too often mothers forget they are driving a several ton vehicle moving at high velocity. Whatever your child is carrying on about in the backseat can wait until you're stopped safely at a red light, or pulled over to the nearest parking lot.

5. Child safety seats aren't being properly installed.

58% of new moms admit they find installing their babies' carseats to be a challenge. Even worse? Most don't ask for help! Six in 10 said they haven't had their baby's child-safety seat checked by a child-passenger safety technician. When used properly, a child-safety seat can reduce fatalities among infants by 71 percent, according to the NHTSA, yet THREE OUT OF FOUR of these seats are not being used correctly. "I've been in this field for 26 years, and I can tell you that parents are making the same mistakes today they were making years ago, even though the products are better," says Lorrie Walker, training manager for Safe Kids Worldwide. "It's amazing to me, because riding in the car is the single greatest health risk your child will face until adulthood."

The website SeatCheck.org can help you find a safety inspection facility in your area that can offer you free installation of your child safety seat. You also should take advantage of your manufacturer's Hotline, and websites, where you can find manuals. "Parents never read the directions--they think, How hard can it be?" Walker says. "But you never want to someday say, 'I wish I had.' " The seat should be secure enough in the car that you can't move it back and forth more than an inch. Be sure to also remember that all seats should be rear-facing until the age of 2. Once your child is buckled in, make sure to tighten the straps until there is no excess strap for you to pinch at the shoulders.

6. Never Leave Your Child Unattended

Eight percent of mothers admit to leaving their babies unattended in the car to run into a store for a quick errand, yet the only acceptable number is ZERO. "Even a few minutes in the car can be dangerous," Carr says. Children's bodies don't regulate temperature as well as adults'. And it's not just in the summer. A child's body temperature can plummet fast on frigid mornings, or quickly rise to unsafe, possibly deadly, levels on even mild days when they are left in a vehicle.

"I've seen it happen time and again," Carr says. "These aren't careless parents. They're solid, loving parents who just forget."

Besides the horror stories we have seen far too often on the news of babies being left in hot cars for just "a few minutes" while their parents rush into a store, many carjackings occur when the motor is running, and/or keys are still in the ignition. Criminals aren't checking the backseat before they take off with your precious cargo, but you should!

Remember, no matter the circumstance, there is never an excuse to leave your child unattended in a vehicle.

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Top 10 Car Seats For Your Baby

Driving on the highway is stressful enough, so why spend additional hours agonizing over choosing the safest, most reliable car seat for your new baby?

Below is a list of 10 top sellers that not only won't break the bank, but hold up against the toughest industry safety testing.

Combi Coccoro

1. Is your vehicle space-challenged? The Combi Coccoro is a master at fitting into the smallest of spaces! So small, in fact, three could fit in a single backseat. Safety features include a 5-point harness system that can be easily adjusted with a slight tug, side-impact protection, and an energy-absorbing foam that cushions the baby in case of an accident. The seat also boasts four height positions, so it can grow along with your child! For newborns, there's also a detachable infant insert that keeps tiny babies snug and secure. $240, CombiUSA.com

Graco Snuglide Click Connect 35 LX

2. The Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 LX is hugely-popular, and we can see why. If endurance is something you're looking for, this is your best option. It even will safely fit babies up to 35 pounds, so you can use it longer than some other infant seats. A modular unit, it carries the added convenience of being able to pop out of the car base and into the stroller — and back again — without waking up baby. It’s compatible with all Graco "Click Connect" strollers. $190, GracoBaby.com

Britax Marathon ClickTight

3. The Britax Marathon ClickTight has an abundance of high-tech safety components that protect baby — and it's easier to install than ever. Simply flip up the seat, guide your car's belt buckle through, and secure. No need to push or pull! It also boasts a 65-pound weight capacity (Ok, we realize that's well past babyhood!) and harness that quickly adjusts for a growing child (without any rethreading). $330, BritaxUSA.com

Chico Keyfit 30

4. This carseat scored a perfect "P.P." - Preemie Perfect! The Chicco Keyfit 30 protects babies as small as four pounds! It comes with energy-absorbing foam and a bubble level that tells you you're installing it at the right angle. Additionally, it's also compatible with several Chicco strollers. $180, ChiccoShop.com

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85

5. If adaptability is what you're looking for, the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 continues to develop along with your child-- from 14 pounds all the way to 85-- keeping them safe in their harness as long as possible before graduating to a booster. The comfy padding also protects from side impact accidents. To make cleaning easier, simply take the seat pad and harness covers off and throw them in the washer without uninstalling the seat. $300 at Giggle.com

Cybex Cloud Q Plus

6. We realize parents will likely be dragging their babies' seats out of the car and into their stroller quite a bit, but newborns really should not be in an upright position for extended periods of time. Since they do not have full head and neck control, enter the Cybex Cloud Q Plus. This seat can be adjusted to lie completely flat for long strolls with baby. No need to switch to a bassinet. Genius. $399 available at Cybex-Online.com

Summer Infant Prodigy

7. Tech junkies unite! If you're looking for a seat to go along with your smartphone, look no further than the Summer Infant Prodigy. This model has “SmartScreen Technology.” A screen installed on the car seat’s base — and an app you can download on your phone — helps guide you through installation and will confirm when the seat is fully secure and level. $220, SummerInfant.com

Evenflo ProComfort AMP LX

8. The Evenflo ProComfort Amp LX Belt Positioning Booster is made for road trips. It has reading lights, two cup-holders and Gel Matrix technology for extra comfort. It will fit your child from 30 pounds to 110 pounds as a high-back booster. Remove the backrest once your child's over four and 40 to 110 pounds. $60, Evenflo.com

Pupa Baby Vista

9. Adorably designed and easy to use, The UppaBaby Mesa comes in a variety of stylish colors and clicks right into UppaBaby Vista or Cruz strollers creating a posh travel system. For those who feel they need a third arm, we love you can release the seat from the stroller with just one hand. The seat gets a 5-star rating for ease of use from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and weighs just 11.1 pounds. $280, UppaBaby.com

Cosco APT 40RF

10. For moms and dads who are cost-conscious, the Cosco APT 40RF convertible car seat is one of the cheapest and most reliable car seats available for retail. The model supports children from 5 - 40 pounds and up to 40 inches in height, keeping them rear-facing in the most safe position. It also has side-impact protection, an adjustable harness and convenient cup holders. $58, Diapers.com

At Car Leasing Concierge, we're not only here to help you lease or purchase a  new vehicle, we're also here to help you protect your precious cargo! Visit us at http://www.carleasingconcierge.com/car-price-check to learn more.

Driving While Pregnant - Best Tips to Keep You and Your Baby Safe

Given the major advances in modern vehicle safety, and women being a key component of the workforce, more and more pregnant women choose to drive through the duration of their pregnancies. But it's important to take into consideration ways you can make the experience better for both you as the driver, and your "passenger."

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind.

1. Seat belts are your friend! Safety experts recommended wearing your seat belt either directly above or over the belly. For those seeking additional comfort as you enter each additional trimester, there are multiple manufacturers of seatbelt extenders that when installed correctly can help ease any discomfort.

2. Get chauffeured! Being a passenger is always more fun than driving, and as women progress to the final stages of pregnancy, it's important to try to always have a friend or partner with you that you can trust. You can never predict what may happen, and it's always best to have someone with you the closer you are to your due date.

3. Do not get too close to the steering wheel. Experts recommend positioning yourself at least 10 inches away from the steering wheel, and also making sure to never have the wheel in a position where it is pointing directly towards the abdomen.

4. Never lean forward. In the event of an accident, it's important to make sure your forward momentum is at its most minimal. The further back you sit in your seat, the better it will be for both you and your baby.

5. Consult with your doctor. Many women too often go it alone on the highway. Please always consult your OB/GYN before you decide to drive. The decision should be made together based on your individual circumstances.

6. Adjust the Seat. With the advent of driver front airbags, it's important to understand the rapid inflation can injure any driver if they are sitting too close. This is very important for women who are in their final trimester. Double-check you are as far back from the steering wheel as possible, making sure you can still steer comfortably and reach the pedals.

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