Driving a car is one of the things that often gets taken for granted. Most people do it every day and, as a result, usually, forget just how much risk it can be. As a result, you may let down your guard when kids are in the car. After all, if they are buckled in with a seatbelt, then that’s enough to keep them safe and secure, right? Well, actually, that might not be the case. To help keep your kids safe in the car, consider these tips.
Teach Your Kids to Stay Quiet in the Car
If your kids are causing a riot in the backseat and making a whole lot of noise, they will probably drag your attention away from the road. That’s not good when you need to always be aware of potential hazards that you might need to react to while you are driving.
So, try to teach your children the importance of staying quiet and calm whenever they are in the car. If they do start to kick up a fuss, pull over in a safe space and wait until they calm down. Then, continue your journey.
Kid Safety: Invest in a Good Car Seat
It is now a legal requirement that all toddlers and small children need to be seated in a proper car seat. The seats ensure that they are safe and out of any major harm’s way if there is ever an impact on the car.
These seats can be expensive to buy new, so you might want to check out these car seat Black Friday deals to see if you can find a bargain. All car seats come in different shapes and sizes. So, it’s super important that you find one that correctly fits your child.
Make Sure the Seat Belt is Snug
The seat belt should be snug around your child, even if they are in a car seat. However, it shouldn’t be too tight as this could be very uncomfortable for your child.
Seat belts have a tendency of losing their length after they have been used. So, it’s a good idea to double-check that it fits correctly every time you strap the child into it.
Babies Need to Face the Rear of the Seat
Is your child under one year of age? If so ensure their car seat faces the rear of the seat and not forwards.
The manufacturer instructions that come with the seat should show you exactly how to secure the seat in this position. Once your child is older than age one, they should be safe to ride facing the direction in which the car is going.
Hopefully, these useful tips will help parents and guardians keep the kids a lot more securer on your next car journey! What are some other tips to add to the list?
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