Keeping an Eye on the Kids
The little bundles of joy can be anything but if they don't have distractions of their own to while away time in the car. Whether it's two or more young ones squabbling or a lone infant protesting to be released from a restrictive child safety seat, you do not want to divert your attention from the road to indulge them.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, passengers are ranked by drivers as among the most frequent causes of distraction. Young children are four times as distracting as adults, while infants can be a whopping eight times more distracting, the AAA Foundation reports. Think carefully, though, about stealing a few seconds' glance to investigate while at cruising speed.
It takes only a fraction of a second for a road-borne hazard to enter your vehicle's collision zone and precipitate a disaster.
For the sake of everyone involved, if the little ones' screaming is about to force you to turn around and go back there -- pull over first.