Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Driveway Safety

I always saw these net things in the One Step Ahead catalog. It looked cool but I never mentioned to B before because we were rarely playing in the driveway. All of a sudden E wants to be out there all the time. He's chalking on the driveway, playing with balls, his bike, Cozy Coupe, etc. Out of the blue, B asked me if there was anything to put at the end of the driveway to keep stuff going into the street.

We live on a double yellow line street. It's not super busy because people don't really use it as a cut through street but people do whip down it because there are no lights or speed bumps. E has become much better in terms of me not fearing him running away or into the street with no reason, but I definitely don't think he has the impulse control yet to stop himself if his new ball went rolling there.

The One Step Ahead Driveway Guard comes in 2 sizes- 18 feet and 25 feet. You have to measure your driveway and you want there to be room on the sides because there are these plastic things that have to go into the ground to hole the guard in. We probably could've gone with the 18 ft one but it would've been tight. Plus, we wanted a lot of extra room on the side. If you don't, it's retractable anyway, so you can make it just over 18 ft if you don't want it further.

It literally took minutes to install. We've used it already and it's pretty cool. Does exactly what it says it will. Only thing is, it doesn't hit the driveway flush so if he had really little balls or toys they could go under. I would just make sure he doesn't have small stuff like that out there. He had a small basketball and a regular size one and it was perfect for keeping those in. I have a feeling we're going to be seeing them all over the neighborhood now. So many people already asked about it!

Here's the description from the website:

The biggest driveway guards you can buy — for maximum protection! Now you can safeguard two-car and even three-car driveways. These soft, retractable barriers keep kids and rolling balls out of the street, while keeping vehicles out of your driveway. In high-visibility orange. Please measure the width of your driveway before ordering, allowing room for installation of ground stakes. Netting rolls up for storage.                                                                                    

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