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Child Safety In The Car

Child Safety In The Car

Posted On 11 Jul, 2014

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Nothing is more important than keeping your children safe while driving. There are all kinds of sources you can use to make sure you’re in the know. One is the Child Accidents Safety Trust. It explains adult seat belts aren’t designed for children. You need the correct booster or child seat, depending on the age of your youngster and their size.

Laws vary depending on where you live. Often, younger children are not even allowed in a car without the right child car seat, and youngsters up to 12 years old might need a child restraint too.

Practitioners advise it’s generally safer to seat children in the back of the car, as this protects them, to a degree, from frontal impacts. Check http://capt.org.uk/safety-advice/keeping-your-child-safe-car for more details.

Other vital tips include always removing the keys from the ignition, and making sure your child is never alone in the car. You should set a good example by always wearing your own seatbelt. Never use your mobile phone while you are driving and drive slowly.

Don’t play music so loud you can’t hear your children trying to communicate with you. You should be aware of what’s happening inside and outside the vehicle.

Never buckle an adult and a child into the same seat belt, as this could fatally injure either or both. Something else to remember is that the correct child seat also stops children wriggling about or generally misbehaving, reaching for gear knobs or other events you want to avoid.

You should also never buy a used child seat, or one which has been in a previous accident. Don’t leave heavy items about the car which would fly around harmfully in an accident, and keep the windows shut near children, so they can’t reach outside and injure themselves.

Also, keep a first aid kit, tablets for motion sickness and water in the car. And, once again, drive safely. It is up to you to avoid accidents in the car. Perhaps the most crucial way to keep children safe is keeping yourself safe too.

Your children will grow up using your driving as an example, so you have a responsibility to society and to them to drive well.

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