How to Keep Kids Safe on the Road
Car Seat and Seat Belt
Depending on the age and size of your child, they may need to be in a car seat or booster seat. Even if they are big enough to ride around without one of these, make sure that your child is always wearing their seat belt. Seat belts save lives, and the car shouldn’t be moving if everyone isn’t belted properly. Each state has its own car seat requirements, and it’s crucial you follow these laws. Not only will they keep your child protected, but you can get in trouble with the law for ignoring the local laws.
Keep in mind that a hot car is dangerous for small children. If the car is too hot, children can suffocate, burn themselves on parts of the vehicle, or overheat. Even when the temperature outside is reasonable, the interior of a vehicle gets hot. Never leave a child alone in a closed car for their safety. Children are more susceptible to overheating in a car than adults. If the car is hot, consider turning it on and starting the air conditioning a few minutes before you plan to leave. Cooling the car helps keep your children from getting burned on seat belts and other items throughout the vehicle.
Check the Vehicle
There have been a rising number of incidents where young children are left in a vehicle when parents forgot they were there. Make sure you always check for children before you leave your vehicle. At first, this may feel strange, but it’s worth the extra few seconds, to ensure your child’s safety. Get into the habit of never locking or leaving your vehicle without checking car seats and back rows for your kids. Everyone makes mistakes, but regularly checking can help keep you from a fatal one.
When you’re getting a new vehicle, make sure you check the safety features and how well it is rated. The higher the vehicle rating is for safety, the more protected you and your children are in the case of an accident. Get a vehicle that offers safety features you’re most interested in, whether that be child-specific protections like rear child safety locks or more general safety like crumple zones. The more safety features your vehicle has, the more you’re able to help ensure the safety of your children no matter what happens on the road.
Keep your children safe whenever they’re in the car. Keep an eye on what they’re doing, make sure you follow all safety laws, and drive a vehicle with the best safety ratings possible. These steps allow you better peace of mind when you’re on the road with your kids in the car.
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