Your vehicle remains one of the most dangerous places for your children. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), auto accidents are the number one cause of unintentional deaths among children.
Despite this fact, going without your vehicle is probably not an option. There are, however, several things you can do to keep your children safe in the car and reduce their risk of injury.
Get Rid of Distractions
Taking your eyes off the road for just a second can have deadly consequences. In fact, distracted driving claims nearly 3,500 lives every year.
When driving, especially with your kids in the back seat, get rid of distractions. For example, put your cell phone in your purse or briefcase, avoid eating while driving + never apply makeup while you’re on the road.
Taking your eyes off the road for just a second can have deadly consequences. In fact, distracted driving claims nearly 3,500 lives every year. When driving, especially with your kids in the back seat, be sure to rid yourself of any distractions. For example, put your cell phone in your purse or briefcase, avoid eating while driving and never apply makeup while you’re on the road.
Properly restraining your kids while driving is not just the law; it’s also the best safety measure you can take to protect your children while they’re on the road. No matter how big or small a car accident, kids seat belts help to mitigate the risk of head injuries.
These devices do not prevent all injuries, but they do moderate the possibility or severity of an injury. Infants + toddlers should be placed in an age-appropriate car seat + young school-age children can use a booster seat.
Only when your child reaches the age or weight set by your specific state can you allow your kids to use a seat belt without a car seat or booster seat.
It’s crucial that you check to make sure your child is properly buckled in before driving. Correct seating can help to protect your kiddo in the event of an accident. It’s important to remember that using car seats, booster seats + kids’ seat belts help mitigate the risk of head injury or other traumas.
Door + Window Locks
Many vehicles today come with child safety locks for the doors. You can find this device on the inner frame of your door, which is only accessible when the door is ajar.
Turning the mechanism to the safely locked position makes it impossible for your child to open the door while you are driving. You can control your vehicle window locks with the button panel on the driver’s door. Keeping both windows + doors locked while driving can help to prevent accidental injuries + keep your kids safe.
When driving with your kids in the back seat, you should always take extra precautions to protect them. Following these tips could potentially help to reduce the risk of being in an auto accident or minimize the severity of your child’s injuries if that situation should occur.
The safety of your children on the road is well worth the few extra steps it takes to protect them.
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