Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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Stop-it! (The Driveway Net) review & giveaway

My Thoughts-
When it came to my kids playing in the driveway, whether it be coloring with chalk or playing with balls, I was always worried about them running into the road (when I’d turn my head for a second), their toy going into the street and they chase after it or a car coming into our driveway and not seeing our kids. We used bright orange cones to help as much as they could. We’d tell the girls they couldn’t pass them and we also hoped drivers would see the cones and not turn in our driveway. The problem was it was too easy for the kids to just run right past them and toys still would roll through them, and when there was wind the cones would slide across the driveway. My solution didn’t work well and I needed something better, safer.

When I found a company named Stop-it! I couldn’t wait to try them out. It’s a retractable driveway net. The net came in a nice handy carrying case for easy storage and for when visiting other homes. The directions were simple to follow. My one suggestion to everyone is to pre-drill holes in the ground before trying to install. Our ground was too hard to push the net pegs in. Once the holes were drilled it was much easier to install. I want to note that our driveway is a bit higher than the ground so our net went up a bit crooked, but it worked perfectly fine for us.

Once the net was set up on our driveway we put our kids to the test. They had a ton of fun rolling different balls down the driveway and seeing if they would stay. Plus they spent the rest of the afternoon coloring on the ground. The net does not replace parent supervision but it did help me not worry so much. I knew if I looked away for a few seconds I didn’t have to worry as much about one of the kids running down the driveway right away. I still kept a close eye on them, as should all parents. I also love that the net has a bright red top and bottom, this will hopefully help cars see it and keep them from hitting my children when using my driveway to turn around or to come visit.

The net was easy to roll up and take down too. Overall we are really impressed with the Stop-it! driveway net. I know I will be recommending this to all my friends and family. It’s an amazing invention, I love it, my kids love it and I know we will be using it all Summer.

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  1. This fence is fantastic for anyone with small children. My grand kids come over and ride their tricycles up and down the driveway. I have to park my car at the end of the driveway. With this fence I could put it at the end of the driveway. It would be extremely helpful.

  2. I have a 3 year old and I often worry about him darting away this would help alot.

  3. Hi Clenna and Nickie,

    I would be more than happy to discuss Stop-it! more with you if you’d like. Please send me an email at orchard.ty@gmail.com.

    Thank you for the kind words about the product.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best,
    Tyler

  4. andalene says:

    I’d put his in our driveway and let the kids have at it. Right now, we have no net of any kind.

  5. Hi Andalene,

    Please send me an email and we would be more than happy to get a Stop-it! for you and your family just in time for summer!

    You can reach me at orchard.ty@gmail.com

    Best,
    Tyler

  6. Heather says:

    What a fantastic idea! This is one of those products that people will wonder how they ever got by without it and i’m sure that as soon as one shows up in a neighborhood like mine everyone else will want to have one. Bravo!

  7. Pauline Milner says:

    We live on a busy city street and the cars whiz by all day long. The neighborhood kids love to play hockey in our driveway because it is wide and long. I am always fearful that one of the kids is going to get hit by a car when they dash out, without looking, to get a ball. This product is a great invention. It would prevent the ball from leaving the driveway, so the kids would not have to go out into the road. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity. ~Pauline

  8. Tammy Levitt says:

    The simplest, smartest thing ever invented. My boys play safely in the driveway, and I can relax. Were no longer restricted to the backyard, and finally, I feel comfortable with having a basketball net for them to play with. Unbelievable product. Every family with young children should have one!!

  9. That is such a great product! I’ve never seen anything like it. It would be great for my 3 year old who likes to kick the ball around in our front yard. We share a driveway with our neighbor, I didn’t see how long it is. Can anyone tell me.

  10. Hi Jennifer,

    Wow, thank you for your incredible comments. Please visit http://www.stop-it.ca for more information and how to get one.

    In terms of length, it is 23 feet when extended fully.

    Best,
    Tyler

  11. Wow, what a great idea! My boys are wanting to play ball hockey in our driveway but I am concerned with people pulling in the driveway or one of my boys chasing the ball onto the road. I would love this so they can play safely and they would love playing it on the driveway instead of in the grass in the backyard!

  12. Hi Bree!

    Thank you for your kind words. You described exactly how so many parents feel today. There is a growing concern when their children are playing on the driveway. Stop-it! is a great addition to help keep your kids safer and reduce the fear of injuries. It allows children to use their driveway for fun, while providing parents with the confidence and knowledge that there are measures in place to keep them safer.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me as I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

    Best,
    Tyler
    @Stopit_Canada

  13. Amber Y says:

    This a terrific idea for a product! It would be perfect across our drive way or lawn. The front of our house (both driveway and lawn) are on a bit of an incline so things sometimes roll out onto the road. This would provide a lot of peace of mind when we’re cooking dinner or using the washroom and can’t be out front with the kids watching them at every second.

  14. What is the height of net? Do you think it will keep bouncing basketballs in also? Reviews of similar products mention some sag in the middle after time. Is there tension on the top to keep that from happening?

  15. Melissa Belle says:

    I would use this to keep my children safe outside, from running into the street to get their balls, if they are to roll out, this way it stops it.

  16. Hi Mindy,
    Thank you for your questions. The height of the net is 24 inches. It would all depend on how high the basketballs are bouncing, but it is strong enough to keep them from rolling/bounding down the driveway and onto the road. If installed correctly there should be no sag in the middle after time and with our design (twisting to tighten it) you can always ensure that your net is tight across your driveway.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions.

    orchard.ty@gmail.com or on Twitter (@Stopit_Canada) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/StopitCanada)

    Best,
    Tyler

  17. What a great idea. We live on a busy street with lots of active children where the balls are continuously rolling down the driveways into the road. We have an infant that is walking but still doesn’t understand why walking onto the road isn’t a good idea.
    The Stop-It would be helpful to us. Genius!

  18. Debbie Kennedy says:

    We live on a road that gets alot of traffic. The kids know to not play ball in the driveway but they really don’t have any other room to play ball. This would be great. They would be able to play ball, and I don’t have to worry about them running onto the road. I could take this when we travel to our relatives house at well.

  19. I could really use a Stop-it! driveway net. The cars don`t slow down very much on our street and my 4 year old likes to play basketball on the driveway. He always needs somebody helping him to stop the ball before it goes onto the street. The stop-it! driveway net would be very helpful for us and I would worry way less about the ball rolling out onto the street.

  20. Michelle says:

    I would love to have this to keep my son off the street. He’s 4 and likes to push his luck and limits. I have drawn chalk lines to show him where not to pass but it’s chalk. This will stop most ground balls and staying 4 year olds. Great idea

  21. This would be perfect for us! My older children know not to go in the street but the little one is still learning (and our driveway is sloped, so we’re always losing balls into the street!

  22. We have a basketball hoop in our driveway, and living in the rainy pacific Northwest, the driveways slope dramatically towards the streets. I always have the problem of the kids trying to chase their ball down the driveway. I actually don’t let them have a fully inflated ball to prevent this. This a a great idea.