Kids and cars are a recipe for disaster. Whether innocent passengers in the back of a car or through playing on our roads, thousands of accidents and fatal injuries among the young occur every year. As parents, we need to protect our children as much as possible, without the need to call on the Lichtenstein law group or some other personal injury lawyer when an accident does occur.
The following are some safety tips every parent needs to adhere to.
- Educate your children. The better their education when out on the road, whether they are walking, cycling, or playing, the safer they will be. Teach them road safety rules, from following road signage to knowing how to cross the road safely. Make sure you follow these same habits when out with your children, and take every opportunity to remind them of the dangers present on the road.
- Never leave your children alone in the car. Even if you are heading into the service station to pay for fuel, there are a multitude of dangers that can affect your child. The threat of strangers is one, and your child’s mischief is another, especially if they decide to wander out of the car. Remember too, that many children become unwell and die because of heatstroke in high temperatures when left in a car. So, do the right thing and don’t take any risks, even if you think you will only be gone for a moment.
- Buckle your kids in. Your children must always wear a seatbelt. This is common knowledge, we know, but children can unbuckle themselves if they feel uncomfortable. For this reason, check that the seatbelts aren’t too tight or too loose on your kids, ensuring they have a comfortable and safe journey.
- Ensure infant car seats are installed correctly. Young children must always have a designated car seat, but research suggests 95% of parents install them incorrectly. This is a shocking statistic. If you are in any doubt about your child’s car seat, visit a certified Child Passenger Safety technician to have it installed correctly. Ensure you always buy a car seat from a reputable seller too, for extra safety and peace of mind.
- Distract your child. Are you tired of your child who’s sat in the back of the car telling you “I’m bored” or asking “Are we there yet?” Not only is it annoying, but it can also be downright dangerous when you are trying to keep your eyes on the road. So, to ensure you aren’t distracted by your child’s nagging, give them something to distract their attention, from colouring books to a portable DVD player attached to the back of your seat.
- Keep a tidy car. To keep your child safe and healthy, ensure your car is free of anything that could cause harm. Loose items can be swallowed by young children, and in the event of an accident, things such s toys, bottles, and other items capable of flying through the air can cause injury when you come to a sudden stop.
- Be a safe driver. By being a safe driver on your road trip, you are a) protecting your child when in the car; b) teaching your child good habits and c) protecting other children on the road. You don’t want to be the one responsible for any accident or fatality, so always ensure you adhere to good driving habits when behind the wheel.
Do you have any other safety tips you think parents need to be aware of? If so, please let us know in the comments section below.