Staying safe while traveling in a car is generally a goal that we all share. When our passengers include children, however, this goal is even more important. The smaller size of children makes it more likely that they will suffer an injury in the event of a collision. Fortunately, there are steps that drivers can take to help keep their smallest passengers safe.
Helpful Guidelines for the Safety of Kids in a Motor Vehicle
What can you do to reduce the risk of harm to a child passenger? The following are six helpful tips:
- Never seat children in front of an airbag. All children under the age of 12 should ride in the backseat for this reason. The force of the air bag deploying is enough to kill or cause serious harm to a child riding in the front seat. Similarly, putting a rear-facing car seat in front of an air bag is extremely dangerous.
- Whenever possible, seat children in the middle of the backseat. If buckled into the middle seat, the child is in the safest spot possible in the vehicle.
- Always use a proper restraint when traveling with children. Depending upon the age of the child, this means using a car seat, a booster seat, or a seat belt.
- Set a good example for your child passengers by always using a seat belt. Children will often copy what they see their parents doing—always buckle up.
- Ensure that your car seats and booster seats are installed properly. You can visit a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician for a check.
- Know the recommended guidelines for rear facing and forward facing seats. It is also important to know when to use a booster seat versus a seat belt.
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