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Old 02-07-2013, 07:59 PM   #31
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Re: Venting - carseats and the school drop-off line

I had to look something up in my car's manual the other day and noticed it said that the backseat is recommended for children under age TWELVE. None of my students are twelve, that's for sure. *sigh*

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Old 02-07-2013, 09:30 PM   #32
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I know this isn't really the topic of this thread, but. . . I never knew there were rules about securing dogs in vehicles. My dog has always laid down underneath the middle seat of our van when I was growing up. We didn't even own a crate. Where do you find information about that?
I had a friend that got into a bad accident after her dog jumped into the front of the car and landed on the gas pedal - it was a big dog too. My friend was lucky she ended up in a ditch instead of crashing into another car. I cringe now any time I see a dog loose in the car.
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Re: Venting - carseats and the school drop-off line

*sigh* You know it is sad more people don't realize their kids need to stay in boosters until the belt properly fits. My kids are always embarrassed because they are in backless boosters. It is a sore spot for my 9 and 10 year olds but they are far too small not to. I have tiny/short kids. I don't think I know anyone else whose kids still are in boosters either.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:39 PM   #34
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My very tall almost 7 year old is in a high back booster, but I can tell you in the carpool line, that barely moves, I let her gather her stuff and hop up to the front seat and that's the part of the car she gets out from. She has certainly never actually ridden in the car up there or even in the back without her carseat. Could it possibly be a situation like that?
I remember doing this as a kid too. I had to ride in the back to school, but when waiting in the drop-off line I would move to the front. I don't see the harm if you are going 5 miles an hour and this is a kid over 6. Plus I felt cool.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:23 AM   #35
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Re: Venting - carseats and the school drop-off line

Once we are inside the parking lot, I do let them unbuckle & grab their backpacks. And DD always leans up for a quick hug and kiss. At that point, we only inch along so I'm okay with it.

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I had a friend that got into a bad accident after her dog jumped into the front of the car and landed on the gas pedal - it was a big dog too. My friend was lucky she ended up in a ditch instead of crashing into another car. I cringe now any time I see a dog loose in the car.
I used to (many years ago) have a little dog who rode loose. (Sometimes in my lap. ) Until one day, she saw a squirrel* in a yard we were passing, on the passenger side, and tried to leap right out of the car. Luckily the window was closed, so she just crashed into the window. Then she turned and tried to jump over me out the open driver's window. I got her a car harness before she rode again.


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Old 02-12-2013, 10:25 AM   #36
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As someone who drops off her daughter everyday in the car pool line, I will say that we get there about 5 minutes before they start unloading the cars. I let her unbuckle while we sit there and occasionally, I even let her climb up into the front seat while we wait. So, to another parent it may seem as though she was up front all along without a booster when in reality she rode to the school in a booster seat safely buckled in the back seat. I am not saying that ALL parents do this, but I am sure I am not the only one. It speeds up the car pool line considerably to have a child unbuckled and out of the third row of a van.
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