Car Seat Head Start is a non-profit group that advocates for safer car use and provides information and resources for parents to protect their children from car accidents.
I’m a former head of CARID and have been on their steering committee for many years.
I have witnessed the impact of distracted driving, including on children, in our community, and in my own family.
I wanted to share my personal experience with you about how I feel when I am in a car.
I am a mother of two young boys and have had to deal with this issue every day since I was a child.
Car Seat Heads Start is the world’s leading organisation for preventing car accidents with the help of parents, caregivers, and community.
When I was little, I had no idea that I was so vulnerable to distracted driving.
I was always on the go and my parents were always home.
As I got older, I started to question whether or not my car was the best place to be when I was on the road, particularly with my older siblings.
At the same time, I was learning to be an advocate for the safety of all children.
I also started to understand the importance of maintaining eye contact and looking for other people, especially children, when I drove.
I would sit in my car and keep an eye on the ground, not looking for the other driver.
I realized that the risk was so much higher when my parents weren’t home.
I remember being in my driveway in my pajamas, just trying to stay out of the way, when my sister and I were in the backseat.
My sisters, who are also car seat parents, told me that I should look to my rear seat for safety and I would be a good babysitter.
This became a mantra.
I think my experience is a reminder of the importance that every child deserves.
My car is my safety net, but I’m so fortunate that my mother and sisters have provided me with the support and guidance to make sure I have the safety equipment and the safety gear that I need to be safe.
I want to thank CARID for the opportunity to share these stories with you, and to give you a chance to share your own story with your own children.
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