From the moment you found out you were pregnant, you began to see your home in a different light. Those innocuous outlets are now sinister places that must be covered up, your huge flatscreen TV you and your hubby were so excited to buy may potentially topple over and…. well, you get the point.
While paying attention to safety issues inside the home is a natural and normal part of preparing for a new baby, it’s also a good idea to consider the very vehicle that will bring you and your precious new bundle of joy home from the hospital. Sure, your car, SUV or truck probably came with some standard safety features like a variety of airbags and anti-lock brakes, but chances are good that you can add some additional aftermarket items to boost its safety even more.
If time and budget allow, prior to the arrival of your new baby, you might want to consider adding some or all of the following to your vehicle:
Forward-Collision Warning System
A cool aftermarket safety item that performed well during testing is called the Mobileye 560. The camera, which you can purchase from the Mobileye website for around $850, mounts behind your rear-view mirror and monitors the road in front of you as you drive. With its speaker system and display screen, Mobileye will give you both visual and sound warnings if you start to drift out of your lane, if you are tailgating the car in front of you, or if a person steps out in the road in front of you. If you feel that some of the Mobileye’s functions are not necessary for your particular driving needs, you have the option to turn it off. For new, sleep-deprived parents, this nifty piece of technology can help keep you alert and safe on the road.
New, Safer Tires
If it’s been some time since you got new tires, you should definitely think about getting all four replaced before the baby arrives. Even if your tires are looking pretty good, it’s still a wise investment to upgrade to a set of tires that are especially safe and adept at handling all sorts of road conditions. BF Goodrich Touring Tires can handle just about any type of driving with safety and ease. The performance tires do well on both wet and dry roads, which means that no matter what the weather is up to when you head out to run errands with your baby, your tires will respond and hug the road. As a bonus, these tires are quiet, which means your sleeping baby will stay that way as you drive around town.
A Backup Camera
If your car did not come equipped with a backup camera, you might want to have one installed prior to going into labor. The OpenRoad QuickVu is a good option. Throw your car into reverse, the device will show you a screen of what is right behind your vehicle. Trail Ridge Tech sells a nice wireless model for about $300 that you can install in less than 10 minutes. The unit will show you if a stroller, bike, ball, car or pedestrian is behind your car.