If you’re like me, you want to make sure that your family is always safe. Being a Mom of a son who is now driving himself around, I remember the days when I had to take precautions of him driving with me. When they are young, you have to be so careful about the smallest details.
I remember back in the day, when I was little, not even knowing what a car seat was. We either sat on our parent’s lap, the emergency brake housing unit between the seats or somewhere back by the rear window. Thankfully, most of us are still here to talk to new parents about the much safer ways of having their infant in the car.
Being a part of our local CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), we’ve learned that for most emergencies, planning is key. Clear brush around your yard for fire safety, teach your kids how to swim for pool safety, and make sure they are in their car seat on the road for safe driving. Back in the day, cars were made a lot different, and people weren’t texting behind the wheel making it even scarier to be on the road. We need to take every precaution that we can for our future generations.
I know it will be a LONG TIME in the future, but I’ll need to remember how to do all of this when we have grandchildren. Now again, that’s a LONG WAY in the future, though! 🙂 Being able to keep up with how everything works, and the steps to take to keep our families safe, is super important. The great team over at Cars.com is wanting us all to know more about it, and help keep our family safe in the vehicles we buy, either from them, or elsewhere. Check out the tips below.
CAR SEAT SAFETY TIPS FOR KIDS:
Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.The best way to keep your child safe in the car is to use the right car seat in the right way. Here are some car seat safety tips to protect your most precious cargo.
Hard Facts about Safety in Cars:
- Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States.
- Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.
- Three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly.
Top Tips about Car Seat Safety:
- Buying the right car seat. Your baby needs to ride in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible, at least until age 2. When your child has outgrown that seat, you are ready for a forward-facing car seat. Get more details about buying the right car seat for your child.
- Installing your car seat. You’ll need to decide on using either the seat belt or lower anchors to secure your car seat. Both are safe, but don’t use them both at the same time. Once your child is forward facing, it is important to use the tether with the seat belt or lower anchors. Get more details about installing your car seat.
- Getting the right fit. A properly-fitted harness gives the best possible protection for your child. Here are more details about getting the right fit for your child.
- When to change your car seat. Look on the car seat label to make sure your child is still within the weight, height and age limits for that seat. Click here to get more details about when to change your car seat.
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