Fall is returning to West Michigan and along with it, plenty of sporting events to attend with family and friends to root for your favorite team! Whether your sport of choice is football, soccer or the various types of car racing, one thing is certain… having a vehicle that’s ready to become a tailgating supercar will add fun and excitement to any event. Here are our tips on how to get your ride tailgate ready!

1. Create A Gameplan

Your favorite team wouldn’t step out onto the field without formulating a plan ahead of the big game and neither should you! Before you go, start by finding out what the weather conditions will be like the day of the event, which anyone in the greater Grand Rapids area knows can vary from one extreme to the other! Decide ahead of time if raincoats, umbrellas, hats, gloves, blankets, popup tent, shorts and tank tops, or long pants and jackets are necessary to have fun and keep comfortable while cheering from the sidelines. Pro Tip: Be sure to keep both sunblock and sunscreen packed in your vehicle for protection during sunny days and buggy nights.

2. Pack The Essentials

Tailgating is synonymous with really great food and some fun drinks so plan your menu in advance to know how much space you’ll need and what additional tools and utensils you’ll need to take. Some common helpful items include spatulas, plastic utensils, paper plates, resealable plastic zip-lock storage bags, favorite condiments and seasonings, trash bags, paper towels, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, sharpie markers, duct tape, chairs, table, cooler, grill and depending on the sporting event, a bottle and wine opener.  Pro Tip: Pack items in clear plastic storage bins to make finding items easier.

3. Don’t Forget To Decorate

Tailgating is the perfect time to put your team spirit on literal display for everyone to see! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to add some fun decorations to your vehicle and the gear you bring to setup. Window paint is an easy way to add fun, supportive messages for your favorite team or your favorite team player and it also comes in a variety of colors so finding one to match your team should be easy. And since it is designed to use on glass, it can be easily removed in between sporting events for those who might not want to keep it on display during their everyday life. Antennae toppers are also a quick way to identify your vehicle in a parking lot packed with cars and can easily become a way to show your support as well. Pro Tip: Erasable chalkboards and decorations on your cooler can add some fun flair to your gear. 

4. Bring Entertainment

Eat, drink and be merry… those are the three ambitions of any great tailgater ;) Once you know exactly what food, drinks and gear you’ll be bringing, it’s time to decide what fun games you can play while partying in the parking lot. Classic yard games are a great way to start and can include a football or frisbee to toss around, cornhole, ladder ball, washer toss, beer pong, ring toss, KanJam, spikeball, and giant Jenga are crowd favorites and a great way to cycle in new teams to keep people from getting bored. Pro Tip: Start a tournament to bring your game playing to a whole new level of competition with points awarded for each round until the victor is crowned. 

5. Know Who’s Driving

If your tailgating event involves a high school football or soccer game, chances are you won’t need to decide who is driving after the game. But for the events where you might be imbibing, choosing a designated driver ahead of time will not only help you avoid endangering yourself and others on the road but keep you from unwanted trouble with the law. Always play it safe before watching your players and know who will be driving home after the sporting event when alcohol is involved.

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What’s a startling statistic that no parent wants to hear? Car crashes are the leading cause of death in children ages 1-13 annually. While that statistic can be alarming, the good news is that there are steps parents can take to greatly reduce the risk of fatalities and injuries to their children. Child Passenger Safety Week takes place in the third week of September and was created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an effort to bring awareness not only to the unnecessary number of child injuries and deaths each year in automobile accidents but to the importance in proper car restraint and seat belt usage for children riding in vehicles as well.

Child Car & Booster Seats

Car seats, booster seats and seat belts have been proven to save lives and prevent injuries but shockingly it’s been found that anywhere between 72% and 84% of all restraints being misused in a critical way. Some of these errors can include car seats installed improperly, using the wrong seat for the child’s age and size, loose harness straps and not being secured tightly with the seat belt. But while these critical errors are occurring so frequently, nearly all parents believe their own child’s car and booster seats are being used properly. Clearly understanding what type of seat your child should be in and how to properly use them is step one in preventing unnecessary harm.

  • Infant Car Seat – Infant car seats are designed to be used rear-facing only and from newborn babies to older babies until they outgrow them, often at 8 or 9 months of age. Once they are outgrown (usually around 30lbs), it is recommended that parents move their child to an all-in-one car seat or convertible car seat. Infant car seats should be tilted at a 45 degree angle, with chest clips even to their armpits and snugly secured across their chest and over hips.
  • All In One Car Seat – All in one car seats work to grow alongside your child, beginning with rear-facing to forward-facing and then becoming a car booster seat when the child is ready. This option allows for children to remain rear-facing longer (up to age 2) which many experts agree decreases both the risk of death and injury in children.
  • Convertible Car Seat – Convertible car seats can give parents more options for usage while also allowing children to remain rear-facing longer. As all in one car seats, convertible car seats can be used with a harness and tether and allow for children to remain rear-facing up to age 2. Convertible car seats do not convert to booster seats in the future.
  • Booster Seats – Booster seats are designed to boost a child’s height allowing seat belts to sit properly across their body and lay properly along their lap. Booster seats with high backs also can provide head and neck support for vehicles that do not have headrests while backless booster seats are available for vehicles that do have headrests that can support the child properly. Booster seats are recommended for children ages 4-8 years old and until the seat belt can sit correctly, typically when the child is 4 feet 9 inches tall.
  • Seat Belts – While there is the recommended height of 4 feet 9 inches, it is important that parents keep their child in a booster seat until the seat belt can be worn properly with the lap belt lies snugly across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder harness laying snug across the shoulder and chest (not across the face or neck). Kids may begin asking if they can sit in the front seat once a booster seat is no longer required but it is strongly recommended to keep them in the rear seat until at least age 12.

In addition to utilizing the correct seat designed to keep your child safe at every stage, it is highly recommended that parents register their car seat and booster seats so they can be made aware of any recalls that take place and to have their car seat checked annually to make sure it is installed correctly.

 

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Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer to most but to school-age children and their parents, it also indicates it’s time to go back to school. Regardless if you have your own kids returning for another school year or not, as drivers, we should recognize the returning hazards and happenings that correlate with the school year beginning. These can include school bus stops, school zones, added pedestrians and possible cyclists. Here is our back to school driving tips as we encounter kids head back for another year of learning.

 

School Bus Stops

Today’s school buses are designed with safety in mind and are proven to be the safest form of transportation available to kids commuting to school but they are also limited to how much protection they can offer students when kids are boarding or deboarding the school bus. And that’s where driver awareness and mindfulness for kids’ safety comes into play. While some drivers choose to ignore school bus laws entirely and pass them illegally, there are many who might find themselves caught in situations where they are confused about the right way to treat a bus stop and a refresher on school bus stop laws are a good idea. Whether you have been driving for years or a brand new licensed driver, it’s important to know exactly the following rules.

The Michigan State Police website states:

School bus safety tips for drivers:

  • Prepare to stop when a slowing bus has its overhead yellow lights flashing
  • Stop at least 20 feet away for buses when red lights are flashing, unless driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway
  • Slow down in or near school and residential areas
  • Look for clues-such as safety patrols, crossing guards, bicycles, and playgrounds-that indicate children might be in the area
  • Watch for children between parked cars and other objects

School buses are like traffic signals

  • When overhead lights are flashing yellow: Prepare to stop
  • When overhead lights are flashing red: Stop
  • When hazard warning lights are flashing: Proceed with caution

School bus safety tips for students:

  • Always stay in sight of the bus driver
  • Don’t hurry off the bus; check traffic first
  • Don’t go back to the bus after exiting

 

School Zones

School buses out on the roads in the early morning or late afternoon isn’t the only reminder that school is now back in session. Along with them, drivers may also encounter school zones. The Michigan Vehicle Code defines a “School zone” as school property on which a school building is located and the adjacent property. A school zone extends not more than 1,000 feet from the school property line in any direction. They are often indicated by a flashing light on a reduced speed sign on area roadways with the timeframes that they are in effect from and reduces the speed by not more than 20 mph of the regularly posted speed limit. Drivers should be very aware of where school zones are located, reduce their speed and be extremely alert when traveling through them to keep children who may be walking, biking or crossing the roadway.

 

Pedestrians & Cyclists

While a lot of kids ride a school bus or travel to and from school with their parents, there are still many others that may be walking to school or a bus stop and others that might choose to ride their bicycle to school. Young children can spontaneous and make poor decisions on where and when to cross the road but middle and high school age kids can easily become distracted while using their phones. In fact, a recent study showed that 20% of high school students admitted to crossing the street while being distracted by their phones! Despite what age of the kids you may encounter, drivers should always be cautious and expect the unexpected, particularly in residential areas where kids are more likely to be found, while passing pedestrians on the road or sidewalks, and never block crosswalks when stopping at red lights and stop signs.

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