Driving. Amazing I've been driving for almost 20 years now! I can't believe it has been that long and it's funny how now I get in a car and I just go. You don't even think about it, you just drive. However, that was way different when I first started driving. There was another whole set of rules and worries that I thought about. Now, as a mom, I drive way different than I did in my college years. That's why I want to share 5 of my very own driving tips from a mommy of two perspective.
1. Don't start the car until everyone is buckled in. My oldest is very independent and loves showing that independence in any way that she can. Her latest is showing me that she can buckle her carseat by herself. Carseats are made to be closed by adults so she sometimes has trouble. Sure it helps me in the long run but I've learned that I need to always be sure that she is buckled in securely before I start the car and start driving off.
2. Keep your eyes on the road. Yes, I know this is a hard one when you are a mommy. How many times do I hear, "Mom, open this", "Mom look at this" or "He hit me"! THOUSANDS! Unfortunately I have to explain to my kids that no matter how much I want to help them it is more important for me to keep my eyes on the road so we don't get hurt and neither does anyone else.
3. Drive Slow. I only have one comment on this one. It's funny when you hear your 2 and 4 year old saying, "slow down".
4. Make sure your car is serviced. This is another important one for moms. If you're like me, my husband takes care of the cars and he loves to do it. However, he is also a member of our US Army so he deploys for several months at a time leaving me in charge of the cars. I had to be sure to learn how to change the oil, what to do when the car won't start, how to change a tire or at the very least be sure to take it to the shop and make sure everything is updated!
5. Finally, here is one you don't think of much because it doesn't directly involve driving. Know the details of your insurance policy. This is one I had to learn the hard way. I had a minor fender bender and I had no idea what to do. Luckily I had an awesome insurance company and I was able to call them to get all the information I needed, including my policy expiration dates and updated details.
Speaking of insurance plans, if you're not sure about what you need one company to check out is Esurance. The Esurance website is a great resource for helping you learn about insuring your vehicles. Check out the Car Insurance Myths and Car Insurance FAQs for lots of helpful, easy-to-understand info. Esurance’s new TV advertisements are also encouraging consumers to visit the company’s Facebook page and contribute to the conversation. It's a great way to interact with other moms, ask questions and learn more about the company and what they have to offer.
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