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5 Ways To Child proof your car - safe Summer travel!

by Corey Carter

The summer season is the time when families like to pack up the car and head off on a road trip for their summer vacation. These trips in the car can be fun and entertaining for all, but when your kids are cooped up in the car for too long they end up getting cranky and bored. One solution is to make several sightseeing stops along the way so everyone gets a chance to stretch out their legs. However, it's important to keep a close eye on your children when they're out of the car and in a busy parking lot. During your family travels this summer, keep your kids safe with these 5 ways for child-proofing your car.

1. Parking Pal Magnet


Parking lots are dangerous and it only takes a few seconds for a tragedy to occur, keep your kids safe with the Parking Pal. The Parking Pal is designed to be placed on the side of your vehicle, where it will remain safely attached at all times. It was specifically created with bright colors, playful illustrations, and a small palm children love to place their hands on. After a couple learning sessions, your child will discover that the Parking Pal is their safe spot, and they will know where to go the second they are outside the car. It also helps teach them that parking lots are no place to play. Available for $8.99 at http://www.parkingpalmagnet. com .

2. Buckle Up

It's crucial that you make sure your kids are buckled up at all time. Teach your children to always buckle up as soon as they get in the car. You must also lead by example, because your kids will not be willing to listen if they see that you are not abiding by the same rule. It's required by law for kids to wear a seat belt. Different booster seats and car seats also have different buckles so read the manual to see if you are correctly buckling in your kids.

3. Car Reverse Alert Beeper by Dreambaby(R)


The Dreambaby(R) Car Reverse Alert Beeper helps to alleviate the risk of reversing your car when children are nearby. Simply stick the beeper over your reversing lights and it will emit a high-pitched noise to alert anyone behind your vehicle. Little ones are often hard to detect through mirrors and windows so this will be an extra precaution to prevent any accidents when backing up your car. Available for $9.99 at www.shop4kids.com .

4. Trunk Safety

These days all cars are required to feature a glow-in-the-dark interior release handle inside the trunk of the car so anyone can get out of a locked trunk. Still, older car models do not include this feature. When children are playing and parents aren't around, the trunk of the car may seem like a good hiding spot. Kids do not know any better and this can pose a serious danger. Make sure your children cannot access the car unsupervised. If you have an older car, a retrofit Quick-Out Emergency Trunk Release kit is available for $9.99 at www.kidsandcars.org/online- store.html .

5. Childproof the Interior

Don't forget about the interior of your car when getting ready to child-proof. When driving with your kids, enable the childproof locks if you can to prevent kids from opening the door while the car is in motion. If you have any dangerous items in the backseat like an ice scraper, wiper fluid, or car cleaner, take them out and keep them in the trunk of the car away from the kids. The foldable back seats of your car should always be kept locked in an upright position to prevent kids from getting into the trunk.

For more car safety tips visit http://www.kidsandcars.org .