As a parent, there’s nothing more important than protecting your kids. As soon as you hold that precious bundle in your arms for the first time, you assume responsibility for taking care of them and shielding them from danger. When you have children, you never really switch off, and you’re always looking for ways to make sure your child is safe. If you drive on a regular basis or you love a road trip, it’s essential to bear safety in mind. Here are some top tips to help keep your kids stay safe on the roads.
Invest in a good quality car seat
If you have a baby or a toddler, one of the most important investments you can make is a good-quality car seat. If you have an accident in the car, that seat could make the difference between life and death. When you’re shopping around for your baby’s first car seat, or you’re looking to buy a bigger seat as your child grows, explore your options, read reviews, and look out for products with exemplary safety records. Once you’ve bought the car seat, always ensure that it is installed properly, and that your child is fastened in securely.
This may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many accidents are caused by preventable errors and careless mistakes. When you have control of a car on the roads, it’s vital that you drive safely. Pay attention to the rules of the road, don’t exceed the speed limit, and avoid driving when you’re tired. It’s well-documented that parenting is a relentless, exhausting job. If you can barely keep your eyes open, don’t drive. Take a nap and postpone your journey.
Look out for hazards
When you drive, you come across hazards all the time, sometimes, completely out of the blue. Focus on the road ahead of you, give other cars time, and be ready to react. If you do find yourself in a situation where your car has been involved in an accident, remain at the scene. If you leave, and somebody was injured, this can be deemed a hit and run accident. Even if you weren’t at fault, you’ll need to stay behind to provide the police with information and gather details you can use to claim on your insurance or pursue a compensation claim. The landscape can change in the blink of an eye, so try not to get distracted. If your baby is screaming or you need to make a call urgently, pull over in a safe place.
Choose a safe car
When you’re looking for a car, don’t just think about aesthetics or trunk space. Look for vehicles with the best safety record. Nowadays, many cars come fitted with additional safety features, which can help to reduce the risk of severe injuries.
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If you’re a parent, there’s nothing more terrifying than the prospect of your child being injured in an accident. As a driver and a parent, there are certain things you can do to protect your kids and help them stay safe on the roads.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.