Travelling with your little ones on board is not only exciting, it’s also a great way to show them the world. You may not be responsible for other drivers’ recklessness on the road, but you have a noble responsibility to keep your children safe in your car. Here are four important safety tips for driving with kids.
1. Buckle up
Begin by explaining to your children the importance of buckling up in a moving car and make the lessons interesting and practical. Remind them that they’ll be safer this way, in case the vehicle is involved in an accident. And before you drive off, check and confirm that everyone is buckled up in their seats.
2. Know their place
Children under 12 years are usually required to sit in the back and in the appropriate child seat; based on their age, weight, and height. Follow the instructions that come with the car seat or call a car seat technician to inspect it. Whatever it takes, just make sure that the car seat is properly installed and is tightly secured to the vehicle.
3. Secure loose items
Avoid stashing things on the package shelf behind the rear seat, as this can be dangerous in case you get into a crash or you have to jam the brakes suddenly. Loose items should be secured in the trunk using cargo anchors and heavy items should be on the floor, as far forward as possible. Additionally, nothing should be placed on top of the cargo box because items can easily fly into the seat area.
4. Never leave a child alone in the car
Don’t be tempted to leave your child alone in the car, regardless of the temperature outside or how quickly you think you’ll be back. Reminders like a toy in the front seat and a purse in the backseat can help to avoid inadvertently leaving the toddler behind. Remember that in a matter of minutes, the car can heat up and expose the child to heat stroke.
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