Cars are an integral part of our lives as we use them to commute on a daily basis. It is important to keep in mind the different ways in which we can keep children safe while they are in and around cars. Without veering towards the depressing, children are especially vulnerable when it comes to accidents involving cars. Parents need to especially careful about young children and their safety in cars. For older children, it is easier to talk to them and apprise them of ways in which they can stay safe in and around cars.
Drivers of larger cars such as SUVs have lower visibility when reversing. Children need to be taught from an early age to be careful in parking lots as well as drive ways A surprising number of accidents happen in the driveways of homes and involve family members. If you are the driver of a larger car, it is also important to be aware of your surrounding while reversing out of parking lots of driveways.
Children below the age of seven should ideally be strapped into a child seat every time they are in the car. Many great options are available in the market in a variety of different price ranges. Older children can be taught the important of using a seat belt and be made to wear one each time they are in the car. All newer models of cars come with airbags and as parents; it is also in your child’s best interest to teach them about airbag safety. There are videos available online for parents who are unsure about how to broach the topic and explain airbag safety.
At no point in time, is it alright for children to be left alone in the car. Older children may understand that they can roll down a window or step out of the car. However, toddlers, for however brief a period you may believe it is should never be left strapped in to their car seats in an enclosed car. On the shadiest of days, temperatures in closed cars can reach dangerous levels and be hazardous for your child’s health and well-being.
Children should be taught at a young age to maintain a sense of decorum in the car to avoid distracting the driver or injuring themselves. These rules can be introduced at ages as young as 5, as to create good habits in the car.