If you’re a parent, you know very well that your children are the most precious cargo you’ll ever have in your vehicle. As parents, it’s our responsibility to do all that we can to keep our children, including when they are in a vehicle.
Obviously, if you have children and are in the market for a new or used car, finding a vehicle with excellent safety ratings will be of utmost importance. In addition, there are several other actions you should put into practice to help protect your child in the car.
Here are 4 tips to keeping kids safe in vehicles:
1. Buckle Up. It is utterly mind boggling to drive by and see a child (or an adult for that matter) who is not buckled. For small children especially, using a properly sized car or booster seat is vital. The CDC states that “car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%; and to toddlers (aged 1–4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles.”
2. Lock Up. Always keep your doors locked and use your vehicle’s lock safety system if it comes equipped with one. Children are and have always been fascinated with locks. Do all in your power to make sure that your child cannot open a car door while in motion.
3. Look Up. Pay attention to the road! Using your cell phone, fiddling with the radio or reading the newspaper should never be done when behind the wheel, especially when there’s a little one in the back seat. It falls on you to have your full attention on the road so that you can be aware of your surroundings.
4. Listen Up. Always stay alert to the latest rules, regulations and recalls. For instance, it is recommended that no child under the age of 12 ride in the front seat. There are reasons for these types of rules. Listen up, research and be aware of the latest safety suggestions.
Are you in the market right now for a new or used car that is reliable and has excellent safety ratings? To learn more about buying a new or pre-owned vehicle in the Whiteman AFB and Warrensburg area, contact us or come on down to our car lot at 2901 S. Limit (US Hwy 65) in Sedalia today.