Lifesaving Car Seat Tips All Parents Should Know
Parents of young children know that there is an overwhelming amount of information about children’s car seats. From rear-facing infant seats to front-facing boosters, the appropriate seat depends on the age, height, and weight of the child. In addition to selecting the correct seat, it is equally important that parents know how to install the seat correctly. This includes making sure that the seat is properly tethered to the anchors in the vehicle. According to Lorrie Walker, a car seat safety technician and manager at Safe Kids Worldwide, a properly secured tether reduces the risk of injury, especially head injury.
The following tips can help parents and caregivers ensure that their most precious cargo is safe and protected whenever they are in the car.
What to do:
- Do your research. Make sure that your child is in the appropriate seat for his or her age, weight, and height. Child safety laws are always changing so make sure you are following the latest recommendations when it comes to choosing the correct car seat.
- Keep loose objects in your purse, glove compartment, or trunk as they can fly around the cabin if you are in a car accident, potentially hitting your child.
- If a newborn baby is in the vehicle, pull over to a safe spot if you are concerned and want to check on them. Avoid looking to the back seat as this can distract you, increasing your chance of getting into a wreck.
- Make frequent stops if you are driving long distances with a toddler. Giving them a chance to get out of the car and move around can make the rest of the trip much more enjoyable.
- When driving with children, always use the safest car you own.
- Allow extra travel time so that you are not tempted to speed if you are in a rush.
- Set a good example as a driver. Your children will notice if you have bad driving habits.
What to avoid:
- Do not use mirrors that allow you to check on your baby in a rear-facing car seat. This takes your attention away from the road.
- Do not switch your child’s seat from rear-facing to forward-facing until he or she is two years old.
- Avoid allowing your child to sit in the front seat too soon. Children who do not meet the height and weight requirement can be seriously injured if the airbag deploys.
- When possible, avoid driving at night or in bad weather with a child in the car.
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There is no more important time to practice safe driving habits than when you have children in the car. If you or your child is injured in a car accident, contact the Baltimore car wreck lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We understand how traumatic it can be if your child is injured and we will work tirelessly to ensure that the responsible party is held liable for the accident. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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