It is very important to take care of child safety in a car. You can make use of child safety seats that will provide your child with optimal protection against the leading cause of preventable injury. However, correctly installing and using car seats, booster seats and seat belts can be challenging.
So here are the few tips which you can follow for your child’s car safety.
1- BE A DEFENSIVE DRIVER
There are more than 5 million car accidents annually. You should never plan to drive in bad weather with your child. You should look both ways before entering an intersection, keep a safe distance between you and the car in front.
2- STOP DRIVING DISTRACTED
While texting, or looking at your phone with your kids in the car is not responsible. This activity can increase the risk of a crash or near-crash. Even a two-second look at a message on your phone can spell disaster.
3- START FROM THE BEGINNING
There are inherent risks associated with driving during pregnancy. Try out to mitigate that risk as much as possible to keep your baby safer when you are driving.
4- STUDY YOUR CARS SEAT MANUAL
You should carefully read the manual that comes with your car seat to learn exactly how you can use the seat for the different ages of children. You will learn exactly how tight to make the belt for ultimate safety.
5- NO SNACKING IN THE CAR
Avoid giving your children food or drinks in the car. What if your child starts choking? Or you believe they are? Your parental protective instincts may take over and cause you to make poor choices in how, when, and where to pull over to address the issue. This can put you and your baby in harm’s way.
6- KEEP SAFETY IN MIND WHILE TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN
It is recommended to use a seat belt on an airplane for infants and young children. Even if you drive anywhere to your destination you will need child restraint. You can use lightweight seats or alternatives for travel.
7- CAR SEAT CLOTHING
Children should travel lightly dressed when in the car. You should take them to the car wrapped up. Once you put your child in their seat puffy and thick jackets should be removed. You can keep your child warm with a blanket.
8- LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK
So many children die in hot cars every year. Most parents think it could never happen to them, they would never forget, but even the best parent can unknowingly leave the sleeping baby in the car.
9- BACKWARD IS BEST
You should always keep your children rear-facing for as long as possible. As rear-facing is five times safer even for older children so keep your child rear-facing as long as possible but at least until two.
10- LOOK BEFORE YOU MOVE
Thousands of children are seriously injured every year because a driver backing up didn’t see them. Often backovers occur when a car is backing out of a driveway or a parking space.
11- KEEP LITTLE FINGERS AND ARMS SAFE
Making windows go up and down with a push of a button is so tempting for busy little fingers but dangerous if that window closes on them. To keep your toddler safe, control windows from the driver’s seat.
12- TAKE EXTRA CARE WITH THE TRUNK
Toddlers love to tuck themselves into small spaces, and that makes the trunk of a car a tempting place to explore. So, keep your car doors and trunk locked, store keys out of reach.
13- ADJUST THE HARNESS TO FIT YOUR CHILD
Harness straps should be in the slots that are at or below your child’s shoulder, and the top of the chest clip should be fastened at the level of your child’s armpits. It should not be too tight for your growing toddler.
14- GET A NEW SEAT PROFESSIONALLY INSPECTED
If you have bought a new car seat for your toddler, get the installation re-checked by your local police or fire station, or find a certified car-seat inspector technician in your area.
15- REVIEW CAR SEAT SAFETY GUIDELINES
Even the right car seat can’t do its job if your toddler’s not strapped in just right. Give your vehicle’s and car seat’s manual a close and thorough read. Take your time to review the basic car seat safety tips.
Never buy a used car seat if you don’t know its full history. Never use any products that did not come with it from the manufacturer. It is imperative to never keep your children alone in the car. It can only take a minute for one of these vehicle risks to seriously injured your child.
I hope these tips explained in this blog will be helpful to you. Your child’s safety is very important while traveling in a car.