Since kids are back to school, it’s likely you’ll be spending more time in the car with them, driving to and from school as well as to any after school activities and sports. With this in mind, we’ve compiled nine quick tips for keeping your kids safe in the car.
- Make sure they are buckled and buckled properly.
Sometimes children will try to take their seatbelts off or perhaps simply don’t put them on correctly. Before driving anywhere, make sure your children of all ages are properly buckled in and ready to go.
- Double check your car insurance coverage.
Often times, car insurance includes medical payment coverage, but many families only have the minimum required insurance, not realizing that it be very costly later on. Evaluate your car insurance every year to make sure your family is properly covered.
- Keep young children in age appropriate car seats.
Having your babies and toddlers in the correct car seat can be the difference between life and death. Car seats requirements change according to the weight and age of your child, and both requirements need to be met before moving your child on to the next stage of car seat.
- Do your research on car safety ratings.
Not all cars are created equal when it comes to safety. So, when you’re a parent, it is important to do your due diligence and research car safety ratings. For more information on car safety and car seat friendly used cars, head on over to our blog Top Cars for Car Seats.
- Distract them, so they don’t distract you.
Giving your children something to do in the car with iPads, books, toys, or audio books can keep them from distracting you!
- Don’t text and drive.
While this seems like a no brainer, it is so easy to be distracted by phone calls, texts, and other notifications while driving. Not only does this kind of distracted driving put everyone in danger, it can also teach your children bad habits.
- Put gear in the vehicle and keep it secure.
Loose gear can quickly become a projectile in your car in a number of ways. From rowdy kids throwing soccer balls around the car to objects becoming dislodged if you have to slam on the breaks, everyday items can become dangers!
- Kids in the back; teens in the front.
A good rule of thumb is to not allow your children to ride in the passenger seat until they are older than 12. Airbags on the passenger side can cause injury to smaller children.
- Never, ever leave children in the car.
This goes without saying, but children should never be left alone in a vehicle or even left alone around a vehicle. The sad reality is that children die every year from heatstroke after being left in vehicles so be vigilant in making sure your children leave the car with you.
At the end of the day, keeping your children safe in the car requires a combination of common sense and research. While we can’t help you make sure your children are buckled, we can help you pick a used vehicle with top safety ratings. Contact us today!
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