Our biggest and most important job as parents and caregivers is to keep our children safe whether that be in the house, in the backyard, or in the car. Child safety in the car can be tricky because you aren’t just taking into consideration you and your child’s actions but the actions of other drivers on the road as well.
We are going to give you five safety tools that you can use to give your child the protection that they need every time they get into a vehicle. Help your child to understand that these five tools are non-negotiable and can be the difference between life or death.
We understand that may be a little dramatic for some families but when it boils down to it, the use of a seatbelt really can mean the difference between light and death.
Use a seatbelt
A seatbelt is what will keep your child from flying through the windshield in the event of a car accident. It’s important that your children understand every time they enter the car that they need to put their seatbelts on before the car can begin moving towards its destination.
Your children should know that the seat belt must be worn properly not tucked under their arm or behind their back. The improper use of a seatbelt could mean severe injury or even death.
No seat belt sharing
It may sound like a cute picture to turn around and see your children smiling and laughing while sharing a seat and seatbelt in the back of the car. But, a seatbelt is meant to protect one person at a time not to, therefore, don’t allow your children to share seatbelts.
It could be tempting to allow this if another safety belt is broken, but if that is the case then the outing should be skipped if it is going to compromise the safety of your children in the process. No outing is worth explaining to law enforcement why your children didn’t have their own safety belts.
Children always go in the backseat
It can be tempting to allow your child who is younger than twelve to sit in the front seat just this once while you drive to the grocery store, but it can also be dangerous. A child under the age of twelve is not equipped physically to handle the force at which an airbag can deploy.
Even for some adults, a deployed airbag could mean a broken nose, so what do you think it could mean for a small child. Children should remain in the backseat for as long as possible until they are tall enough and old enough to ride in the front seat.
It is recommended that you wait until your child is older than thirteen before allowing them to sit in the front seat.
Rules are enforced at all times
You should let your children know that they should follow the guidelines you have taught them at all times. This means even when they aren’t with you and are in someone else’s vehicle.
Help them to understand that these rules are your way of keeping them happy and safe no matter where they are.
Use the correct seat
There are three different times of seats for children an infant car seat, convertible car seat, and booster seat. Make sure to use the correct seat according to your child’s heat and weight at the time. Also, don’t change your child seat until they have reached the maximum height and weight of that seat.
This will ensure your child has the right amount of protection at all times.