Keeping your child safe while driving should be at the top of your list. There are many things to consider when it comes to the safety of your child. One of the most important factors is to make sure that you drive in a safe manner in the first place. However, besides from this there are a few other things you’ll want to consider.
In this article we’re going to cover what you’ll want to be doing in order to ensure your child’s safety when inside your vehicle. Every single year thousands of children are killed from automobile accidents.
Should I be using a booster seat?
Depending on the age of your child, you’ll want to be using a booster seat or a car seat, or if they’re old enough nothing at all. Some parents neglect the booster seat phase and this can be a tragic mistake. Car seat belts are designed for adults, so if you child isn’t big enough for the belt to fit properly you’ll want to make sure you invest in a booster seat.
Usually, if they’re ages four to twelve then they’ll be using a booster seat. When using a booster seat you’ll want to make sure that it’s position correctly. A high back booster seat is more likely to prevent any injuries. Booster seats are used to help position the seat belt so that it will be used correctly and prevent any injuries. High booster seats also cradle the head and prevent any head or neck injuries that might occur.
If your child is below the age of four then you will probably want to use a car seat, or an infant seat depending on their size and age.
After they’ve grown out of the booster seat and it’s safe for them to sit in the regular car seat make sure that they wear the seat belt in the correct manner. This will help to prevent injuries.
How should I position the seat belt?
Once your child is old enough to wear a seat belt you’ll need to make sure that they’re wearing it correctly. The only way to prevent injury is to wear the belt in the way it was designed.
In order to wear the belt correctly, the shoulder belt doesn’t lie across the neck or the throat, but instead across the chest or shoulder. The bottom part of the belt sits across the upper thigh instead of the stomach.
It’s common for a child to want to loop the seat belt behind their back, make sure they don’t do this as it reduces the effectiveness of the belt.
Also, make sure that you drive more cautiously when you have a child in the car, this means not only being more aware of what you’re doing, but of the other drivers on the road as well.
I hope this article has been helpful and you have a better understanding at how you can keep your child safe when driving. We often forget how dangerous driving can actually be, it’s important to take every precaution you can to ensure your child’s health and safety when in a vehicle.
Zane Schwarzlose writes for The Loewy Law Firm, a personal injury law firm in Austin, Texas.