Posted by Michael Hixson on December 12, 2013
Automobile accidents are the number one cause of injury and death for children under the age of 13. Many of those injuries are preventable with the proper use of kids safety car seats. With the right car safety tips for kids, you can make sure your children are well protected and safe when you’re behind the wheel.
Getting the Proper Seat
The most important thing for young children is to make sure you buy the right car seat. There are so many different kids safety car seats, and each one is devised for a different weight, height, and age of child. You should always make sure to read the full description of the car seat you are purchasing and make sure it suits your child’s needs today. Don’t buy a car seat with the hopes that your kid will grow into it over the course of a year. You want to make sure your child is safe today, not tomorrow. Also, choose a seat that fits easily in your vehicle and can be easily transported if your child rides in another car.
Of course, no matter what kind of car seat you get, it won’t matter if it’s improperly installed. For the full protection of your kids and car safety, always follow the full directions that came with your new car seat. Read your vehicle owner’s manual as well to make sure you use your car’s seatbelt or LATCH system correctly. If you are using a booster seat, make sure the seat belt rests properly over the stronger parts of your child’s body. It should fit comfortably over the upper thighs and across the shoulder. If the belt presses against your child’s neck, or squeezes the child’s stomach, adjust until it fits properly.
By following these car safety tips for kids each and every time you enter a vehicle, you can help ensure that your kids are well-protected in the event of an accident or collision. Never, under any circumstances, should your child ride in a car without being fastened in properly. For more information on kids and car safety, consult the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration website and make sure you are doing all you can to protect your most important cargo.