How to Keep Young Children Safe in the Car

| June 24, 2016

Children are at a high level of risk whenever they are in the car. Their bodies are smaller and more likely to be tossed around in a car if they are involved in an accident. They are also unable to help themselves, which can put them at risk in a variety of situations.

As a parent, you want to keep your child safe, but sometimes it can seem impossible to do. Not only can you avoid accidents and keep your auto insurance lower if you invest in safe driving tips like these with your child, but you will foster good skills for riding in a car for years to come.

Use Appropriate Seats

Most children who are not the size of a fully grown adult need some type of booster seat or car seat. However, the right product for them will change as they grow. It depends not just on the age of the child, but also on his or her weight and height. Always check with your state's department of motor vehicles to determine which specific seats meet legal requirements. Then, choose a product designed for your child's needs by the manufacturer.

Also important is to follow the manufacturer's specific directions for installation and belt placement. This makes all of the difference in how safe your child is in the car.

Keep Kids Safely Busy

When children are unhappy to be in a car seat, you are more likely to unbuckle them or loosen their straps. Keeping them busy can distract them long enough to leave their straps alone, therefore reducing some of these risks.

  • Choose books or toys that your child can easily play with on his or her own so you are not distracted while driving.
  • Use a tablet or video monitor in the vehicle to watch a movie. Keep the sound down and ensure your child is interested in what you are showing.
  • As your child gets older, talk to the child about the dangers in the vehicle. Discuss the importance of seat belts, staying quiet and listening to what is happening around them.

Sometimes, the best way to keep your child safe on a long ride is to simply talk to them and to keep a positive vibe in the space. An accident-free situation is one that can lower your car insurance costs and helps keep your child safe long term.

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