Many of us spend a lot of time driving our kids around, and so it’s important that we think about safety. Car accidents can be caused by many different factors, and so taking precautions is one of the best ways to stay safe. Here are a few tips to help keep your kiddies safe while you’re on the roads.
Avoid Distracted Driving
In 2018, ‘2,800 people were killed and an estimated 400,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver,’ (CDC, 2022). There are many different ways to be distracted, whether it’s using your phone, or becoming distracted by your kids. To ensure that your kids do not distract you, you’ll need to keep them entertained. Audiobooks are a great option for the car, suitable for children of all ages. Talk to your children honestly, make sure that they know how to behave in the car, and why it’s important. When you’re traveling with kids, it’s vital that they know the rules.
The Right Vehicle
To keep your children safe on the roads, choose a car that has plenty of safety features. Modern vehicles have a wide range of safety features, for example, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot detection. Vehicles are given a safety score, based on crash tests, so it’s also a good idea to check the score. A higher number of stars represents a higher safety rating.
Double Check The Car Seat
If you have younger children, you probably use car seats in your vehicle. Before you use a car seat, it’s important to check that it’s fitted properly. Not all types of kids’ car seats are appropriate for every vehicle. To ensure that a car seat is fitted correctly, you can follow these steps:
- Ensure that the car seat isn’t too loose, (it should be fitted as tightly as possible).
- Always read the instructions in the owner’s manual.
- Make sure that you lock the seat belt for double security.
- You might need to adjust the angle, depending on the type of car seat you have. For example, the base needs to be level with a rear-facing seat.
Use Child Safety Locks
When you’re driving, it’s important that you use the child safety locks on your car. Child safety locks are easy to use, and they can prevent an accident while driving. Parents should take advantage of all the safety features that their vehicles have to offer.
Take A Defensive Driving Course
A defensive driving course can help you improve your driving skills and drive safely. These courses help you interpret the drivers’ actions around you to avoid a collision. Once you complete a defensive driving course you’ll be eligible for a discount on your vehicle insurance. Naturally, not all accidents can be avoided, and if you do find yourself in trouble you may need the help of a car accident lawyer.
Using these five tips you’ll ensure that you keep your children safe while you’re driving. Every precaution that you take is worthwhile, to reduce your chances of an accident.