Keeping Your Child Safe in the Car: An Overview
A child’s safety is the first priority of nearly every parent and caregiver. However, while parents and caregivers want the kids in their care to stay safe, they often lack the information needed to make the safest possible decisions for their children. Some of the greatest dangers to children are found in cars, but many don’t know it until an accident has happened.
When working to keep your kids safe in the car, consider the following tips from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):
- Kids are safest in the back seat. Although older children can be safely restrained in the front seat of a vehicle, kids should stay in the back until they are large enough to ride without a booster seat.
- Choose the right safety seat for kids. The choice should be based on the child’s size, not his or her age. When he or she no longer fits safely, switch to a booster seat until the child is at least four feet nine inches tall, or until both the lap and shoulder belt in the vehicle fit him or her properly without the booster.
- Use the right child seat and seat belt. Most states require children to be properly restrained when they’re in a vehicle. However, some states’ laws create “loopholes” for certain situations that don’t require kids to wear belts. If such a situation exists in your state, it is important to make sure your kids are buckled up properly every time you’re out on the road.
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