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Safe and Sane Road Trips

July 23, 2009

Having  just returned from a road trip with my own children, I’m still in the process of recovery, reorganization and returning to reality.  Therefore I decree by default that this blog entry shall be quick and dirty:

Before you head out on your own trip, call 866-SEATCHECK or go to  for free car/booster seat safety inspection locations.  Come to think of it, you should give them a call anyway.  The statistics for improperly installed car seats are alarming – 7 out of 10, according to the website.

Check the NHTSA website for great safety tips, car seat reviews, and plenty of helpful links (make sure to look at the Quick Clicks on the left-hand side).

For a quick read with practical road trip prep tips (I almost got my tongue twisted just typing that) click on this link to

You’ll find a link to a list of known car seat recalls and defects in item #5 in this article on

More practical tips, this time at, focused on making sure your vehicle will survive the trip and get you from point A to point B without any unpleasant surprises.

Another quick read worth your time if you have younger children – 3 Tips for Staying Focused on the Road at Venere Travel Blog. 

Finally, the AAA website is chock-full of helpful links.  If you’re a member, I highly recommend letting AAA create a TripTik for you.  We found ours an invaluable supplement to our maps and GPS system. 

Happy travels!

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