As a parent it’s your responsibility to keep your children safe whilst they are inside in a moving vehicle, there are various things you can do to ensure that your small kids are extra safe and secure.
Making sure that your child has the correct required seat and planning journeys in advance can help you prepare for the worst scenarios, which is why it’s important that you take the correct safety precautions before you set off on any car journey.
If you’re unsure where to start, here are a few tips that we’ve compiled to help ensure your child is as safe…
Invest in the correct child seat
Depending on the age of your child, you may have to purchase a trusty car seat. For toddlers, an infant seat or rear facing seat is recommended. Children under 4 require a forward facing seat with a harness, and when they grow out of that it will need replacing with a booster seat. Once your children are ‘all grown up’, make sure they fasten their seatbelts as soon as they sit down in the vehicle.
If you’re new to parenting and your new born is starting to join you on car journeys, the best thing to do is refresh you driving skills and knowledge. You’ll become more aware of your driving when you’ve got a baby in tow, so be more cautious and take a few mock theory tests and road sign quizzes to help rejig your memory.
Use a seatbelt properly
Once a child is old enough they have to legally wear a seatbelt, and it’s the driver’s responsibility to ensure that everyone inside the vehicle wears their own belt. It’s good to get you children into the habit of fastening it and wear it correctly; the shoulder belt should lie across the chest, not the neck or throat. The lap belt should be across the upper thighs and not the stomach.
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