We all know the basics: seat belts and booster seats, but there are many other steps you can take to ensure that your children stay safe in the event of an accident. Read on to learn some of the best tips out there for safety in the event of something going wrong.
Don’t Forget the Basics
Sure, we already mentioned the need to buckle up, but this is so important that we are going to mention it again! Studies show that a large number of deaths in auto accidents could have been prevented were the victims wearing their seat belts properly. And this rule does not just apply to your children. When you put on a seat belt, you are modeling safe behavior from which your child can learn. The best way to teach a lesson is to embody it yourself. And beyond mere safety, more an more states are adopting laws requiring seat belt usage. So if safety is not enough to motivate you, think about getting a ticket.
Read Your Car Seat Manual
Not all car seats are created equal, and with that said, you should remember that not all car seats function in the exact same way. It is very easy to make one of several common car seat mistakes if you do not adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions. Remember, car seats are made to keep your children safe. If you do not know how to use them properly, then they are really nothing more than a placebo.
Always Check Behind You
Some people say that you should always count your children before backing up, and for good reason. Every year, many children are seriously harmed––or even killed––when a parent neglects to check behind their car before backing up. Another solution could be to install a rear view camera in order to prevent any blind spots.
No Distracted Driving
As with some of the previous entries, this one may seem obvious, but many people every day find themselves in accidents––with their children, no less––due to being distracted by their phones or other devices while driving. Another common form of distraction is the children themselves. You should always keep some books or movies on hand in order to ensure that your children are occupied and that you can give your full and undivided attention to the road.
Don’t Forget the Big Kids!
Although many parents feel the need to ditch the booster seats once their children can form complete sentences, this is a gross mistake. While many states have yet to require the use of booster seats on older kids, it is often recommended that children ride in some form of booster seat until they are six or even eight. This is due to the way that seat belts are constructed. Although your child may be tall enough for the seat belt to hold them in place, it is likely that the belt is catching them at a vulnerable area such as the neck. This leads to a crash being potentially as fatal as them not wearing a seat belt at all.