How to keep kids safe in a car
It seems as though with all of the safety advancements in the world of automobiles these days, your vehicle would be one of the safest places you and your family could be. While most vehicles have precautions such as anti-lock brakes, parking assistance and a rearview backup camera, there are some basic rules of how to keep kids safe in a car that are sometimes overlooked by parents during the busy shuffle of life.
One of the most basic rules is to wear a seatbelt, and make sure it fits properly. Too often, children don’t wear their seatbelt or they wear it incorrectly because it’s uncomfortable. This is a big problem because wearing a seatbelt is one of the most effective, protective safety measures you can take. Children, and sometimes even adults, still wear their seatbelts incorrectly by putting the strap that is supposed to go across your chest under their armpit. This will do nothing in the event of a crash and may actually even hurt you more than help you. There are a variety of tools you can purchase to make a seatbelt more comfortable, including a strap adjuster. Not wearing a seatbelt is not only dangerous, but illegal. Don’t be caught without one.
Another way to keep young kids safe in the car, especially during a road trip, is to make sure their doors are locked at all times, or that the child protection lock is on, at the very least. The child protection lock makes it impossible to open the door from the inside, even if the door is unlocked. However, you may want to just keep the door locked at all times. You never know what could happen, and unfortunately, in this day and age, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If kids are old enough to understand that they can open the door by pulling on the handle, a child protection lock may be better.
Any way you go it’s important to make sure your vehicle is properly equipped. We’d be happy to help make sure your vehicle is up to snuff before you embark on your big summer trip.