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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Keeping Kids Safe In The Car

This is an affiliated post. All opinions expressed are in agreement with my own.  

Are you worried about the dangers on the road when you take your kids out for a drive? There are only so many things we can do as parents to keep them safe. Here are some of the options worth considering. 


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Choose The Right Car

First, you need to make sure that you are choosing the right vehicle. As simple as it sounds, your choice of vehicle can have a huge impact on how safe your kids are when they are out on the road. The good news is that there are lots of resources like
Edmunds where you can find out everything that you need to know about different cars available. This will ensure that you can make a completely informed decision and never settle for less than the best. 

Buckle Up

In many states, the laws have changed in recent years on car seats/booster seats. For us, the law was to keep kids rear facing until 2, and in a 5 point harness until 40 pounds. Know the laws in your area, and do your research to fully understand the best seat belt options to keep your kids safe.

Maintain your Vehicle

Make sure that you are checking your tires. If there is an issue with the tires, then this is going to mean that you have far less grip on the road overall. As a side note, this is also going to cause problems with your fuel efficiency. You can check the pressure of your tires in seconds and know that your vehicle is ready for the road. Get your oil changed and check fluid levels.

Avoid Distractions 

Next, you should minimize distractions. It’s all too easy to get distracted when you are driving with kids in the back. The distraction could come from the child themselves. One of the ways that you can deal with this is by making sure that your kids are happy and entertained in the car. Many families swear by having a portable DVD player or tablets which can keep kids entertained while you happily drive. Or, you can play car games with them to keep them amused and calm. Have games/toys within reach of your kids like a car caddy to play with.

Don’t Drive Tired

Finally, it’s important to make sure that you are never driving your car when you are tired. It’s all too easy to make this mistake because you want to get to a destination at a certain time or because you are running late. You need to make sure that you are taking regular breaks and don’t rely on things like energy drinks to keep you awake. The good news is that the best modern cars will now tell you if there are signs you’re driving tired. This gives you a chance to pull over and get a little break before you continue. 

 

We hope this helps you understand some of the key points that you should consider if you want to guarantee that your kids are going to be safe and sound in the car. By exploring the right options here, you can get the peace of mind that you need as a parent.

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