Children & Car Safety

Children & Car Safety

April 15, 2018 Off By

With more than 27,000 car accidents occurring on US highways every single day, protecting your little ones while traveling on the roads is imperative. While being a safe driver that keeps their eyes on the road and focus on what’s going on around them is simple for most, sometimes it isn’t as easy when there are kids playing around in the back, a screaming baby or a toddler amidst a tantrum.

Despite these minor setbacks, it is easy to get behind the wheel of a vehicle with the confidence that your children will arrive as safely at their destination as they left the house.

Car Safety

It’s the law -children must ride in a car seat or a booster seat while traveling inside of a vehicle. The laws regulating the length of time a car seat or a booster seat must be used varies from one state to the next. SafeKids offers a free state-by-state tracker to learn more about the laws for car seat use in your state. Correctly using a car seat can reduce the risk of injury to your child by as much as 70%. It is estimated that approximately 74% of all parents aren’t using their seats correctly.

Infant Car Seat Safety

Rear-facing car seats are used for infants 12 months of age and younger. These seats are portable so you can easily transport the baby without disturbing his rest. There are weight and height restrictions in place on infant car seats. Be sure to check these limitations for the specific car seat model that you purchase.

Forward-Facing Car Seats

Once your child reaches 12 months of age, the use of a forward-facing car seat is recommended. The forward-facing car seat provides your now rambunctious little one with more sights to see as you explore the town while also offering additional safety measures, including a five-point harness and tether. These safety features prevent your child from moving forward in the event of a crash.

Weight limits are in place for forward-facing seats. The weight limits vary from one make and model of seat to the next, but typically go up to a weight of about 65 pounds. Once your child surpasses this weight limit, the use of a booster seat is recommended.

Booster Seat

The booster seat is the final seat that your child needs for safety protection. The booster seat is used by children from 8 to 12 years of age who do not meet the height/weight requirements. Children must ride inside of a booster seat until they’re 4’9’. Several different types of booster seats are available for your child.

Inside & Outside Car Safety

Regardless of the type of car safety seat your child is using, be sure that you strap your child up before you depart for any trip. Don’t count on older kids to properly strap the little ones in; that is your responsibility. It takes only a matter of seconds to ensure that your child is properly seated before departure.

Car Seat Safety Tips

A few additional car safety tips for you and your children:

What Car Seat Will You Purchase?

When choosing a car seat, do not sacrifice quality. It is worth spending a few extra dollars to get a seat that provides the ultimate in safety and protection for your baby while traveling inside of a vehicle. Take the time to compare the different car seats for your child’s age, and get to know more about the brands. You can browse the web to learn information about child car seat safety recalls and other important information.

Used Is Not An Option

Used car seats are never worth the savings. There are far too many safety recalls on car seats to take the risk. Besides, when you purchase a used car seat you never know if all of the parts are there if it has been involved in a wreck, etc.

Pre-Trip Car Seat Inspection

Before each trip, do a quick car seat inspection. A free car-seat safety checklist is available to help you. Spending an extra 10-minutes to review the car seat and the checklist can provide great protection to your little one. If you are unsure of the proper method of installing your child’s safety seat, free inspections are provided by various companies throughout the states.

Set An Example

Be a good example for your children. While it is the law that you wear a seatbelt, some people do not. Ensure that you’re not one of those people; buckle up each and every time you get inside of the car. Your children will be more inclined to want to buckle up and stay safe if they see that mom and dad is doing it, too.

Never Leave Children Unattended

The car is not a place that your child should be left alone- even for a few minutes. You might be surprised at just what can happen in a matter of seconds. In addition to these dangers, the heat inside of the vehicle is also of concern, just as leaving the vehicle running poses a safety risk.

Stay Up-To-Date

Register your car seat after purchase. Registering the car seat not only enables you to take advantage of the warranty but also ensures that you receive notification of important information on the car seat, including safety recalls and violations.