10 Minutes to a Safer Vehicle

10 Minutes to a Safer Vehicle

I finally managed to do it. I cleaned out my Wally Wagon.

 It’s been a long time coming. The van, or “purse on wheels” as my father likes to call it, was long overdue for a good purge. But with no time or ambition left at the end of each day, I didn’t make it a priority. Surely I wasn’t the only mom driving around with a van full of toys, bouncy balls, strollers (yes, two), long-since-emptied juice boxes, lone baby socks and moldy apple pitas.

To be honest though, I was perfectly content to go about my daily business with my van being the way it was. I had gotten used to it, and it wasn’t so bad. My son certainly didn’t seem to care. In fact, he was thrilled yesterday to discover a half eaten sucker that was stuck to the carpet beside his seat.

You’d think that would have been my epiphany, but it wasn’t.

What really got me motivated was reading the Canada Safety Council’s article, The Perils of Messy Cars. It seems like common sense, yet I had never considered how all those extra things in my van could be projectiles in an accident. Reading that article changed my outlook and I quickly put the mess at the top of my to-do list. If your vehicle is like mine was, I hope you will, too.

Cleaning the van was work, but faster and easier than I thought- I was done in 10 minutes. In the interest of making your vehicle a much safer place in the event of an accident or even just an unexpected sudden stop, I recommend the following for your own 10 minute clean up:

You will need…

  • 4 bags– One for garbage, one for recyclables (empty juice bottles, etc), one for miscellaneous items to go back in the house, and one for important papers.
  • dust cloths
  • cleaning wipes (or a wet cloth)
  • a wet/dry vacuum
  • a bag or container for loose coins, if needed

Get the biggest job out of the way first- disposal. Fill your 4 bags, emptying your vehicle as you go. My van was strewn with stuff, but this part took just 5 minutes. Two of the bags (garbage and recycle) can be discarded right away, so you really only have two left to deal with later.

With the vehicle now rid of its contents, spend the next 5 minutes on a quick tidy- swipe the dashboard with a mop cloth, clean spills from the consoles with the wet cloth and quickly vacuum up any leftover mess.

And that’s it, two birds with one stone- your vehicle is both cleaner and safer. Three birds for me- my family can’t snicker anymore.

Happy driving!

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I founded Mums 'n Chums in 2009 after realizing that the area I live in was drastically underserviced as compared to surrounding areas for support and activities for growing families. Mums 'n Chums grew popular very quickly and I have been dedicated to nurturing that growth through frequent networking, social media engagement and in person meetups. By the end of its first year, Mums 'n Chums had close to 500 members and was receiving regular inquiries from fans outside of its service area, asking when we would be expanding to serve them as well. After much careful research and polling, I expanded the site in May of 2011 to cover the entire North end of the GTA (from Cambridge to Markham), areas I believe are still receiving far less attention than they deserve from other sites and family services. We also changed the focus from small scale local mom and tot meetups to more of an informative purpose, closing down our forum and adding several talented contributors to the blog. We do still offer several large scale family events per year, such as our popular Birthday Bash events and our Holiday Bash in December. Our contests have also become a member favourite, and we strive to offer amazing prizes from trusted brands like Babies R Us, La Roche Posay, Johnson's Baby and many more. In March of 2016, after months of work spent migrating all of the site's content to a new platform, Mums 'n Chums re-launched with its fresh, new look. The changes and expansion have proven a great success and we're still getting inquiries from several other cities within the Greater Toronto Area, whom we have decided to serve as well. I have built this site and its' reputation carefully and look forward to continuing its growth!