Driving with your kids in the car can turn into a special sort of challenge. People underestimate the power of a disgruntled child, and boredom is your first enemy. Not all kids enjoy going for a nice drive, and all kids have bad moods.
It helps to equip yourself with knowledge, so you can keep your kids as safe as possible as you drive. You can’t control other drivers on the road, but you can take your own precautions. Here is a quick summary of a few of the best ways to maintain a safe driving environment within the cab of your vehicle.
Properly secure your kids
Believe it, or not; People still allow their children to ride in the car without a seatbelt. It is absolutely necessary for your children to be in proper restraints at all times while riding in any sort of motor vehicle.
Make certain that your kids have the right sized safety seat for their age and weight. It is also important to make certain that your car seats are properly installed in the vehicle. More than 70 percent of parents worldwide improperly install their child’s car seat, so stop by a seat check when you get a chance.
Know the best placement for your kids
Know where your children can sit safely in the vehicle. Babies don’t go in the front seat, and little babies don’t sit facing forward. New parents may also be surprised at just how long their child is supposed to be in a safety or booster seat.
You may also find that your kids aren’t ready to ride in the front until they make it to their preteen years. The impact of an airbag can be devastating on a child’s body, so keep the babies in the backseat.
Secure any heavy gear within the vehicle
If you have random things laying around in your vehicle, they could become dangerous should you have to slam on the brakes. When you have a small child riding in the backseat of your vehicle, make sure you don’t have anything heavy sitting in the back window.
Never leave your kids alone with the vehicle
Even if you have the latest greatest safety mechanisms on your vehicle, it’s never a good idea to leave kids alone in the car. You have to consider the issue of temperature, but there are other dangers involved.
Choking on a small toy, exiting the vehicle, attempting to drive the car, and various other chaotic scenarios can play out when you leave little ones alone in a vehicle.
Keep the distractions minimized as you drive
With your kids safely restrained, it’s now your responsibility to limit the distractions as you drive. Don’t text and drive, but don’t discipline and drive either. Pull the vehicle over to handle a cranky kid in the backseat.