Children Safety in the Car
Generally, children are unpredictable and mischievous. They have energy to run around making a mess and hurting themselves. Parents must be aware that they do not get injured while playing at home, or at playground or even while travelling in a car. Many parents tend to allow their children to travel in car without taking proper precaution, placing their life and safety of their children at risk.
Are the children really safe in the car? The parents need to be careful about their kids’ safety in the car. They should monitor their children activities in the car, such as if the children are sticking their head/hand out of the window or if they are playing with the controls of the car. There is a popular culture in the west of putting the children in bassinettes. Children are not allowed to be placed in the laps by the parents or anyone else for that matter. They need to be tucked safely in a bassinette. This culture has yet to be introduced in our country but the government may introduce such law in future days.
Here are some quick means to assure your children’s safety.
Children always tend to copy their parents so you can set a good example for your children by always wearing the seatbelt.
Ensure your children always keep their arms, legs and head inside the car when it is moving or parked on the side of the road
Activate childproof doors locks so that your child can’t get out when the car is moving or standing still.
While travelling long distance keep on talking with your children and take break in every two hours so they don’t get bored.
Never share a seat belt. Two kids should never buckle up as a pair. It is dangerous to hold children in your lap.
Here are some different types of seat which ensure the safety of children while travelling in cars.
1. Rear-Facing And Rear-facing convertible
All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear facing seat until they are at least two years old or they cross the height or weight limit as allowed by car seat manufacturer.
2. Forward Facing with Harness
Children who have exceeded rear facing seat limit should travel in forward facing seat with harness as long as possible or up to the height or weight limit as allowed by car seat manufacturer.
3. Booster Seats
All the children whose height or weight exceed forward facing limit should use a belt positioning booster seat for their safety until the vehicle seat belt fits properly on them ( if they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and/or 8 to 12 years of age). Children who are under 13 should always ride in the backseat.
4. Seat belt
When children are old enough to fit properly in a seat belt, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belt
You should teach your children to follow the rules. Kids have tendency to think that rules are only applicable when they are with their parents in the car. Instruct your children to always follow the rules for safety, even if they are in someone else’s cars.