Whether you’re traveling with your children during the holidays or doing your daily drop off and pick up from school, your child’s safety should be your top priority when driving.
Here are some tips to help you keep your children a little safer when traveling in a vehicle so that you can reduce their chance of being injured in the event of an accident.
Everyone knows that it’s important to buckle up when riding in a vehicle, but every year people lose their lives in accidents because they weren’t wearing a seat belt. As a parent, it’s important to be a good role model for your children and wear a seat belt at all times.
When it comes to your child’s safety, always make sure you have an age-appropriate safety seat. Follow age, weight, and height recommendations as well as place your infant in a rear-facing position. As your child grows talk with your pediatrician to ensure that you have the right kind of car seat.
Keep Your Car Organized and Your Child Occupied
When you’re on a long trip with your kids, it’s not long before you hear them say, “Are we almost there?” Not only can keeping your child occupied to help keep them quiet, but they may be less of a distraction when you’re driving in an unfamiliar area or during heavy traffic.
Before you head out for a trip, keep toys, books, snacks, and devices near your children so they can reach them easily. Organization can keep you from searching for something while you’re driving.
Talk To Other Parents About Safety
Even though you may feel most comfortable driving your child somewhere, you may need to rely on another parent to carpool, a babysitter, or a grandparent. Discuss your worries and your expectations; share your safety plans for traveling.
If you have a child that uses a car seat, make sure the other driver knows how to install the car seat properly and how to adjust the straps into the safest position.
Avoiding The Most Dangerous Parts of Town
When you are driving your own children, or someone else’s, it’s important to think about taking the safest route as possible even if it means that it takes a few extra minutes to get where you need to go.
Before you head out, be on the lookout for areas of construction and try to avoid some of the most dangerous intersections in your city.
Teach Your Children Not To Play In or Around Cars
Most parents know that hot cars can be deadly for young children, but it’s important to teach your child to stay away from cars, whether they are playing in or out. When you’re traveling with your kids, don’t keep them unattended in the car (even for a few minutes).
Distracted driving is one of the major contributing factors in accidents, and as a parent, it’s even more important that you eliminate as many distractions as possible to keep your young ones safe.
Never text and drive and if you need to attend to something, such as grab a snack or read map directions, pull over to safety. Your children can also be potential distractions, which is another reason why you should provide them with enough activities to do while in the car.
If you give your child a device, make sure to include headphones just in case you need to focus on your driving.