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Horn Use Etiquette

HonkingHornWith school starting back up, traffic will be increasing two fold in one day.  Of course that means lots of drivers, some brand new to driving, have hit the road.  Depending on what region you live in, some drivers never use that pesky device that makes noises when you press your steering wheel too hard.  Some, on the other hand, use it for all manner of communication.

Some research into the topic has yielded some interesting legality issues to using a horn.  Some of what we use our horn for on a daily/weekly basis may surprise you that it is indeed, illegal.  For instance, in the states it is illegal to honk at a driver AFTER they have cut you off in traffic, but you can honk at the driver before they cut you off.  In the UK, it is illegal to honk at a pedestrian, but not so in the US.  And yes, even honking at people’s silly bumper stickers that ask you to “honk if you…”, will garner you a nice $100+ fine.

Now, the enforcement of these laws is quite difficult and honestly ignored unless it becomes a nuisance, but it brings up some great questions.  Even more so when you take into account regional and rural vs. city/suburban dwelling driving tendencies.

  • Do you use your horn at all?
  • If so, do you use it only to alert someone out of danger (i.e. they are about to walk into the street, pull into your lane, etc)?
  • Do you use it to tell someone they did something wrong (i.e. they sat too long at the light, they pulled out in front of you without signalling OR having enough room to really get in, ran a red light, block an intersection after the light has turned in lots of traffic, etc)?

Are horns a useful tool in a car or would you even notice if car manufacturers removed them completely from the car?  I mean, at the end of the day you still have your high beams!

Looking forward to your responses!

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Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway – Nuna PIPA & PEPP Travel System + LEAF Curv!

It’s week 6 of our Blogiversary Celebration! We’re thanking our loyal readers and followers for supporting us throughout the last six years. And we know the best way to say “thanks” is with awesome giveaways. This week you’re in for a real treat. Not only are we giving away one fabulous Nuna PIPA infant carseat in the Navy fashion, we’re giving away a matching Nuna PEPP stroller too! That’s right, our incredibly generous friends at Nuna USA have offered up an entire premium travel system! But wait, it gets even better. They’re also including a brand new award-winning LEAF curv! One very lucky winner is going to receive this exceptional Trifecta package of ultra-premium baby gear products from Nuna USA!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating – a winner will be announced soon!

If you’re not already familiar with the company – Nuna produces a collection of modern and stylish baby gear inspired by Dutch designers who wanted to combine cutting edge safety technology with style and functionality. The idea is to keep things simple, practical and stylish while still being innovative. PIPA is Nuna’s first carseat and while they may be the new kid on the block – they did their homework and it shows. With rigid lower LATCH attachments, a load leg, lots of padding and a canopy bigger than Texas – this seat could set the bar for all future high-end infant carseats. We have a full review of the Nuna PIPA here. The Nuna PIPA is also on our list of Recommended Carseats.

NUNA PIPA + BASE - NavyNuna PIPA Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing only: 4-32 lbs and 32″ or less
  • 3 harness height positions
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions (plus adjustable crotch strap length for smaller babies and preemies)
  • Adjustable base with “stability leg” (a.k.a load leg)
  • Base has rigid lower LATCH anchor connectors
  • Base has sturdy lock-off for installations using seatbelt
  • Can be installed without base using standard or Euro beltpath routing
  • Thick energy-absorbing EPS foam lines entire upper portion of shell
  • Canopy with unique “dream drape” feature
  • FAA approved for use in an airplane
  • 7 year lifespan before expiration

PEPP is their modern, stylish stroller packed with great features.

Nuna PEPP FRONT - navy

  • Birth – 50 lbs.
  • Folds down to a flat backpack size for trunks, taxis, airplanes and tight entryways
  • Opens easily with just one hand
  • Stands on its own when folded
  • Two-position, adjustable calf support comforts little nappers
  • Made with plush, cushy, better for baby certified Oeko-Tex® fabric
  • Harness features quick click release button
  • One-touch, rear wheel braking system
  • Front wheel swivel locks
  • Three-position full recline
  • Progressive suspension technology for a smooth ride
  • Height-adjusting handle
  • conforms to ASTM safety standards and is JPMA certified

Nuna PEPP FOLD - Navy

With adapters, the Nuna PEPP & PIPA form the ultimate, high-end travel system.

Nuna Travel System - Navy

 

 

The LEAF Curv is the newest addition to the Nuna family.

Nuna Leaf awardThe LEAF Curv recently won a Gold IDEA in the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards for design excellence in the children’s product category.

Every bit as eco-smart and evolutionary (yes- it too can hold up to 130 lbs) as its “big bro” the LEAF, the LEAF curv gives a sharp, sassy and swirl-like spin to this award winning design and is sure to throw a contemporary curve ball to traditional nurseries and living spaces alike. Perfect for baby. Perfect for mom and dad. Perfect for the modern day family.

  • Birth – 130 lbs.
  • Curv base provides a chic and contemporary design for baby use & adult décor
  • Motion lasts unassisted with a gentle push for over 2 minutes
  • No batteries, no cords, no buzz, no noise
  • Made with plush, cushy Oeko-Tex® certified fabric
  • Organic cotton insert is soft and light
  • Easily locks stationary for feeding or playtime
  • Pops out of base for easy storage or quick trips
  • Evolves with baby to big-kid size
  • Perfect angle for both playing and napping
  • Mesh backing for improved air flow

Nuna LEAF-curv

 

Giveaway:

Winner must have a U.S. shipping address.  Hawaii and Alaska are excluded – sorry!

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Now for the fine print (these may be in addition to the rules listed in the Rafflecopter terms)

Winner must have a USA shipping address to claim the prize. AK and HI are excluded. Only one trio of prizes will be awarded. PIPA and PEPP will be the Navy fashion. LEAF Curv will be limited to available fashion at the time the prizes are awarded.

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.comduring 2013 or 2014 (our own giveaways of goody bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Blog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason.

The contest will close on August 19, 2014, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

Please note: If this is your first comment at CarseatBlog, or if you are using a different computer/device or a new email address, your comment may not appear immediately. It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved. Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.

Canada ONLY Giveaway: Britax Boulevard G4 with Anti-Rebound Bar

We apologize to our Canadian friends that many of our giveaways are USA only.  We are often limited by our sponsors as to the terms of our giveaways, but we do try to include Canada whenever possible.  This time, we’ve partnered with our generous sponsor, Britax, to offer one Britax Boulevard “G4” 2014 Canadian convertible carseat with the new anti-rebound bar to a single winner, exclusively in Canada!  This seat is rated from 5-40 lbs. rear-facing and from 22-65 lbs. forward-facing. Check out the new anti-rebound system below as well as our full review of the similar Advocate G4 convertible. Winner will have their choice of available Boulevard G4 fashions (subject to availability at contest end)!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating – a winner will be announced soon!

  • To enter, you MUST reply to this blog and leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  • For extra entries, be sure follow the Rafflecopter instruction and Like our Facebook page and/or tweet about our giveaway to your friends as well!

Contest open to all residents of the Canada only.   Shipping dates, product and fabric choices may be subject to availability in Canada at the time time contest closes.  

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Now for the fine print (these may be in addition to the rules listed in the Rafflecopter terms)

Winner must have a Canada shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded, fashion will be subject to availability.

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2013 or 2014 (our own giveaways of goody bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Blog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason.

The contest will close on August 19, 2014, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

Please note: If this is your first comment at CarseatBlog, or if you are using a different computer/device or a new email address, your comment may not appear immediately. It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved. Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.

Cybex Aton Q Review: Compact Design Conceals Big Safety Features

Cybex-Aton-Q-Autumn-GoldWe were first introduced to the Cybex Aton Q at last year’s ABC Kids Expo where it won the JPMA Innovation Award. The Q has safety features other rear-facing only seats don’t have, as well as a sleek Euro design that makes it appealing for parents who want a top-end look. Cybex took the same easy-to-use base from the original Aton, added a load leg for energy management, and greatly redesigned the Aton carrier to make the Q a seat that competitors will look to for ideas. By adding the Q, Cybex created a tiered system of products: Gold (Aton), Silver (Aton 2), and Platinum (Aton Q), with each level adding extra safety features and allowing consumers to purchase an Aton in their price range.

Aton Q Specifications and Features

  • Weight limits: 4-35 lbs.
  • Height limits: 30” or less and with a min. of 1” above head
  • No re-thread harness with 8 height positions from 7.5” to 12.5”
  • 1 buckle slot position
  • Load leg built into adjustable base
  • Telescopic Linear Side-Impact Protection™ transfers crash energy to the carrier shell
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Specially designed Perfect Positioner™ fabric insert stays in the carrier to help properly position small infants
  • Recline positions for 2 weight ranges: 4-22 lbs. and 22-35 lbs.
  • Carrier can be installed both standard-style and Euro-style without the base
  • Measured Carrier weight: 11.3 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 17¼” at widest part of handle, 14 7/8″ at widest part of base (just past belt path)

 

Aton Q colors

The Aton Q is available in 5 can’t-miss colors: Autumn Gold (reviewed here), Charcoal, Storm Cloud, Ocean, and Lollipop.

As for safety, the Q comes equipped with a couple fairly unique safety features: