As parents, we ‘ll do anything to protect our children. Whether we’re holding hands as we cross the street, or cutting up their food so they don’t choke. However, keeping your children safe when you’re out and about in the family car can seem a little difficult.
They’re technically out of reach, difficult to calm when they’re fraught and upset and they’re also incredibly distracting. The last thing any family wants is to be caught up in a car accident, especially with their children in the back seats – get in touch with a Chicago personal injury lawyer if you’ve been in a car accident that wasn’t your fault.
So, with this in mind, I’ve gathered some simple, yet effective ways you can keep your child safe whilst they’re travelling in the family car.
Get a good car seat
Your children should only ever travel in your vehicle if they have a proper car seat. One that is appropriate for their age, has the correct restraints and is fitted correctly. A poorly fitted car seat will dramatically increase the likelihood of your child becoming injured in a crash. If you’re unsure if your seat is fitted correctly or is the right size for your child, head to your local store and ask for advice or a fitting demonstration.
Always activate the child safety locks
The child locks are there for a reason. To keep your child in the vehicle and prevent them from opening the doors when the car is moving or at a standstill. There’s nothing more frightening than an “open-door” warning when you’re driving along the highway at speed. If you don’t know where your child safety locks are or how to activate them, check your cars’ manual.
Never leave your child unattended in the car
You might think you’re only dashing into the store for a minute but leaving your child unattended in your vehicle is incredibly dangerous. The car could be involved in an accident, the child could get out of their seat, activate the controls or release the handbrake. You shouldn’t rule out the possibility of your car being stolen whilst your children are in the back seat.
Always wear your seatbelt
Of course, your children will have their own harnesses in their car seats. However, if you want to keep them safe, then demonstrating safe driving practices will encourage them to take their own safety seriously and do it, without much thought.
Encourage your child not to distract the driver
We know that kids get bored in their car seats. They argue with their siblings and come up with games to pass the time that include kicking the back of your seat. You must speak to your child about the importance of not distracting the driver. If they continue to distract you, pull over when it is safe to do so and have the talk again.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and you or your children were injured, speak with a personal injury lawyer, now.