What would YOU do?


You have a 4 year old who weighs 50 pounds.  Maybe they are a bit too squirmy to sit correctly in a booster.  Maybe you’d rather keep them in a 5-point harness, because your model has side impact protection and an extended weight limit of 50, 65 or even 80 pounds.  The problem is that your auto manufacturer tells you that you can’t use LATCH beyond 40 pounds!


Britax Frontier: Does It Impress the Hard to Impress?


Because Darren has already done a much more formal review, my review will be, well, less formal, lol.

I managed to scrounge my way into borrowing a Britax Frontier (now replaced by the Britax Frontier 85, please see our new review here) from my local Safe Kids coalition. Aw, it was actually easier than that: they like me for some reason J and let me borrow seats from time to time, but the seats are usually old or taken from a checkup event. The Frontier was, mmmmm, fresh out of its bag and had that new car seat smell. I’ll tell you straight off—I’m a hard one to impress when it comes to car seats. I’m a skeptic. I’ve had enough to know what I like in a seat, what I don’t like in a seat, and what will work in my ’05 Sienna. Do I like the Frontier or not?  Read on and find out.

Back to School, but how to get there?


A few days ago, we took the annual trip to our elementary school to see the posted list of classes for the coming school year that starts next week! Lots of kids were elated to find they got the teacher they wanted or a best friend in their class. A number were sad because they didn’t. Most were happy to see friends they missed over the summer.

For parents, it’s back to the routine again. Our kids take a bus, as their school turns out to be twice as far as the closest schools due to the zoning maps. On the plus side, it’s a great school so we don’t complain about it. Plus, we all know that full size school buses are the safest form of ground transportation. Right?

Which Car is Really Safest?


Throughout the 90s and even into this century, truck based SUVs were all the rage.  Gas was cheap.  The marketing was impressive.  Even though most are used for commuting back and forth to work and never taken off-road or used for towing, the ability to plow through any terrain was a big selling point.  I haven’t been stuck in the snow in 25 years of driving front-wheel drive vehicles in northern Illinois, yet many people here still insist they need 4WD.  Of course, they forget 4WD and AWD do nothing for braking or stability and often wind up in the ditch first!  Sadly, many people also had the impression big SUVs were safer than cars, too.