So, Clarity, you¡¦re in the DC area! Man, the commute around there was brutal!
I fly into Dulles and my sister and cousin live in DC but I stay with my parents live in Baltimore. Driving those roads are stressful, to say the least.
Thanks for saying that you understand my perception about parents seeming to care less about their kid¡¦s safety when they don¡¦t have the latest and greatest. I was beginning to feel like I was the only one (other Czenƒº, who understood me early on!).
Also, thanks to Piglet for bringing the ¡§convenient¡¨ (and profitable) new carseat technology, which makes parents feel like they need to upgrade for every new kid .
: This is something that doesn¡¦t seem to happen as much in Germany, btw.
And Pageta, You get me too about what I mean when I say ¡§reduce¡¨ time in the car. I like that you can look at in terms that you can fit in your lifestyle. I know a lot of others mentioned that they too make and effort to reduce time in the car (I don¡¦t think anyone¡¦s kids are sitting at home itching to go out for ride in the car).
Collectively, if we could all (of most of us¡Xnot just MDC parents¡Xlike if there was a big focus, nationally) just cut out a few miles a day the roads would be safer for kids. Many people mentioned how they reduce time. I live downtown, which makes it easy to cut out lots of car time. Others mentioned combining trips to the store or walking to the local market. These are all things that mean ¡§reducing¡¨ time in the car! If you can¡¦t reduce anytime in the car, than perhaps, like me, you¡¦re already down to your bare minimum for your lifestyle¡Kcongrats...we¡¦re more similar than you think.