Mommy Drives- Seatbelt Safety

Last week I attended a short Ford Driving Skills for Life course. I learnt a lot within a short time and decided to share the same with you.

Q: How many of us (mommy drivers) have gone for an advanced driving course?

I have not. But doing one preferably by Glen Edmunds is one of my goals. We were challenged by the trainer on how we make an effort to improve other aspects of our lives, but neglect improving on our driving. It was a challenge and be sure to sign up for one ladies. There are several types of advanced driving courses available, some are tailored for ladies, others defensive driving (to counter carjacking), and others on how to drive in difficult conditions (rough terrain and insecure places.)

There were many tips shared, and I will try to exhaust each. I have a disclaimer though; I am no driving expert or car guru, this is just to share what I learnt and keep learning as we need to keep ourselves and our families safe on the roads.

Tip 1: Safety belts.

This is a no brainer Ladies. Seat belts need to be used by ALL passengers ALL the time.

It is a legal requirement in Kenya too.

Why? They reduce chances of fatalities and/ or serious injuries.

Kenyan statistics are not easy to come by on seat belt usage, but it is a challenge. As you drive, make sure all your passengers are belted up too. You would not want them to become missiles in case of a crash now would you?

Here is an article on the same.http://www.machakos-orthopaedics.org/single-post/2016/02/17/Should-I-really-wear-my-seat-belt

I do not even want to get started on those who drive with their children in the front seat or between the driver’s legs. We can and should do better as parents. If I see you do this, I call you out there and then. It does not matter if I know you or not. What is the point in belting up as the driver and not ensuring all the passengers are belted up too? Safety measures apply to all in equal measure.

Below is a clip of an ad advocating use of safety belts that was shared in the class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8PBx7isoM

Also, as you belt up, ensure the belt is adjusted correctly, you do not want it to cut your jugular in case of impact, or slice your tummy either. Here is a great article on how to ensure you are wearing your belt correctly. https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-to-wear-your-seat-belt-properly-by-jason-unrau

This really hit close to home as I realized I was wearing my  seat belt wrong this whole time. You also need to adjust the belt every time you use it. H is much taller than I am so he adjusts differently and if I fail to do so when I drive well, let us not discuss the possible ‘‘headless” scenario.

Until the next tip, let us belt up and make it a rule that every passenger in your car belts up too.

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You should know people.

This morning as I dropped Njeri to school, I decided to walk her all the way to class and say hello to her classmates.

Oh the sweet little girls, playing with their play dough, others colouring and chatting. I walked round and said hey to each of them as I asked for their names. (What better way to match faces to the names when Njeri talks about school? Hehehehe).

Anyway, I got to one girl whose name I knew as she attended the interview same day as my daughter. I said hi and as I walked away this ensued:-

Little girl: I know how you know my name!

Me: You do? Oh, and how do I know your name?

Little girl: Because you see me on your TV!

Me: Oh! I do?

Little girl: Yes! That’s how everybody knows my name.

Me: Is that so? That is lovely.

At this point my mind was blank and I had to ask the teacher what  the little girl was talking about. Apparently she is in a local yoghurt commercial that I haven’t watched yet. Till now.

Oops, I really should know people. 🙂

PS: Zawadi is a very beautiful and confident young miss. And no, her name is not mentioned anywhere in the commercial. LOL

 

Weekend movie

 H has exams, so I have been keeping myself busy by watching tv and some reading.

I was watching this Bollywood film last night about three childhood friends who decide to take a bachelors’ road trip through Spain before one of them ties the knot. I did not watch it from the beginning and did not wait to the end as I was too sleepy tired.

So, each of the friends was to choose an activity for them to do collectively. The first one was deep sea diving in Costa Brava …aaah the beauty under the sea…

I did some snorkeling last year and enjoyed it so much so deep sea diving is something that I definitely have to try out. Do not know when though.

The second activity was sky diving in Seville. The shots taken in the sky were amazing and those guys did seem to be having so much fun that you can almost forget how dangerous it is. H watched this part too and that is one thing that is right up his alley, together with two of his sisters and my dearest niece Jeanette (once she is old enough though). Those are the daredevils in the family right there. And between sky diving and deep sea diving, I’d rather be down than high up. But is it not beautiful and thrilling at the same time?

The third and final activity was running with the bulls in Pamplona. Typical male escapade right?

Source: http://www.jaunted.com

Unfortunately I did not wait to watch this part so I cheated courtesy of Google to find out how the movie ends and though I now know, I will still look for the movie and watch it from beginning to end.I would love to go on a road trip with my closest friends but I honestly do not know which activity I would pick.

 What is the most thrilling/ daring thing you have ever done or want to try out with your friends?

Khuda Jaane

I bow down to you.
I come to a halt whenever I see you.
Does this happen to everyone in love?

Why should we think of anyone else?
You are the centre of all my thoughts now.
You have come to be my prayer.

I bow down to you.
I come to a halt whenever I see you.
Does this happen to everyone in love?

Why should we think of anyone else?
You are the centre of all my thoughts now.
You have come to be my prayer.

God knows, I am head-over-heels in love with you.
God knows, I am all lost in your love.
God knows why all this has happened
that you have become mine nowadays.

If you say so, then I’ll follow your footsteps,
stop or begin on their each signal.
If you say so, on pretext of coming in your dreams
I’ll meet you each night at your pillowside.

I learnt all about love from you
and I learnt the ways of love from you.
By dying for you, I lived an entire life.

God knows, I am head-over-heels in love with you
God knows, I am all lost in your love
God knows why all this has happened
that you have become mine nowadays.

The heart wishes that today
you should hide me in your embrace.
I fear that I might lose you
the heart asks me to control my happiness
and save it from the evil eye.
The heart fears that I might cry.

I make a hundred promises to you.
I bind the strings of my heart with you.
Don't know what has happened to you.

God knows, I am head-over-heels in love with you
God knows, I am all lost in your love
God knows why all this has happened
that you have become mine nowadays.

I bow down to you.
I come to a halt whenever I see you.
Does this happen to everyone in love?

Why should we think of anyone else?
You are the centre of all my thoughts now.
You have come to be my prayer.

God knows, I am head-over-heels in love with you
God knows, I am all lost in your love.
God knows why all this has happened
that you become mine nowadays.

PS: Yes, I am a Bollywood fan!

Courageous

My husband and I watched this movie last night.

I think every man should watch this film.  Why?  It tackles the issues men struggle with of  being a partner, provider and a leader to their loved ones.

There is so much negativity out there on marriage and men and women’s roles.  I felt challenged as a wife to be more sensitive and  and understanding of my man and his struggles.  I need to support him through it  How?  By accepting him as he is for one, admiring him and appreciating him as my partner and provider second, and starting to improve on myself as an individual and a wife.

Most important of all, putting God first in all this.

That is all I have to say for now.

Have a great weekend y’all!