Being a busy parent is hard and often means that some things are forgotten or go unnoticed. One thing that should always be, and almost always is, at the forefront of every parent’s mind is the safety of his or her children. Taking the time to make sure you’ve covered the basics of passenger safety could save your child’s life in the event of a car accident.
While this is not an exhaustive list, here are three major tips to help keep your kids safe in the car:
- Use the Right Restraint
There are many different kinds of car seats and restraints for children of all ages and size. In order to stay safe, kids need to be in a car seat designed for their current age, weight and length. A baby starts out in a rear-facing car seat as a newborn and then moves to a forward-facing car seat around age 2. Once they’ve outgrown the weight limit for a car seat, children move to a booster seat. Booster seats are generally used until a child is 12 or until able to sit with his or her feet flat on the floor.
- Make Sure Car Seats are Installed Correctly
Shockingly enough, an average of 4 out of 5 car seats are not installed correctly. An incorrectly installed car seat is not guaranteed to protect a child in a crash, so it’s important to have it checked by a professional. Common installation mistakes to watch out for include:
- The car seat is too loose.
- Restraints are not tight enough.
- The car seat is at the wrong angle.
- Never Leave Your Children Alone in the Car
No matter how quickly you’ll be back or what the temperature is outside, never leave your children in the car alone. A car can heat to dangerous levels in a matter of minutes. According to kidsandcars.org, 25 children died from heatstroke in a vehicle in 2015, and a total of 165 died from non-traffic related accidents. Even if it seems inconvenient, take your children with you every time you leave the car.
In the event a tragedy does occur involving your child and a vehicle, you’ll need an experienced personal injury and car accident attorney to work through your case. Contact The Babcock Law Firm today for a free consultation.