Ask any parent – their kids are their greatest pride & joy, and they would do anything to keep them safe! This can be difficult behind the wheel, but there are some measures you can take to prepare for safety when driving with kids in the car!
Keep them Secure
Make sure you are using the correct accessories and safety devices to keep your kids safely in the back! Carefully adjust the straps, and remember to update their car seats as it becomes necessary.
This is a great video created by Michelle, a Child Passenger Safety Technician, from Safe in the Seat. Watch this to learn some amazing tips to ensure you newborns and young kids are secured in their car seats.
Ultimately, their true safety depends on your driving and ability to avoid dangerous situations. Keep your eyes and attention focused on the road while listening out for any issues they might make noise about.
If you are worried about their safety in the back, cautiously pull over and address the situation, rather than trying to deal with it while driving.
Compensate for Lack of Control
When your kids are in the back, there is not much you can do from the driver’s seat, so make sure your car is baby-proofed and ready to go! Keep the back seats clear of any sharp, dangerous objects or small toys kids can put in their mouths. And if they’re old enough to eat on their own, give them options that are not easy to choke on.
Remember When they’re Around
Every year about 38 kids die from heatstroke in a hot car. It’s hard to imagine, but leaving a child in a hot car is not difficult, and it can happen to anyone. Decrease the chances of this tragedy by creating a habit of checking the back seats before leaving and locking your car. You can learn more about this issue and find some more tips in this article!
Now that you’re ready, double-check that your vehicle is in good condition, and do your best to stay safe! And remember, in case of any emergency, with or without a child, having a car escape tool like our resqme® can set you free & save your life!