As a parent, one of the best ways to keep your kids safe is to keep a careful eye on them. However, you can’t always be paying undivided attention to them. This is especially true when driving in the car since your attention is on the road. Taking precautions to keep your kids safe while you drive will help you focus more on driving and not worry about your kids’ safety.
Be a Safe Driver
The best way to keep your kids safe while you are driving is to be a safe driver. You cannot control everything while you are driving, but you can control your own driving and how you respond to other drivers and situations on the road. Regardless of whether you have kids or not, you should always strive to be a safe driver. However, having children in the car can greatly incentivize you to drive safer since their safety should be very important to you. According to Thompson, a big part of being a safe driver is being a defensive driver because you are paying close attention to what other drivers are doing. This means you are better able to prevent accidents and miscommunication. In addition to driving defensively, don’t speed or take unnecessary risks when driving with kids.
Make Sure They’re Seated Properly
Appropriate seats and seat belt usage are especially important for child safety in the car. Infants, babies, and toddlers should be in special car seats. Young children within a certain weight range should be in a booster seat. According to Ipson Law, young children should be seated in the back of the car due to safety issues with airbags. Older children are allowed to sit in the front seat once they reach a certain weight and height. Make sure that children of all ages are strapped in properly.
Avoid Eating in the Car
You may think that giving your kid a snack is a good way to keep them occupied on a car ride. However, any food can be a choking hazard, and it can be difficult to quickly help your child from choking while you are driving. Not giving your children snacks in the car can help keep them safe and keep your car cleaner as well.
Driving is often the quickest and most convenient way to get your whole family somewhere. Unfortunately, there are a number of safety hazards for kids in the car. Being aware of these hazards and doing your best to prevent them or make them less dangerous can help keep your kids safe.
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