Car safety is one of the top priority for parents when they’re carting their children around town and even when their kids become old enough to drive themselves. It is important for parents to be completely aware and undistracted on the road. In today’s fast-paced society, it’s far too easy to send text messages when you drive. Not only is it illegal in many states, but it puts you and your children at risk for unintended accidents. In fact, on average, 11 children die per week. What is particularly disheartening is that 43 percent of children who die in auto accidents have been improperly restrained. Parents need to take time to learn everything about the car or booster seat they purchase. There are so many of them on the market and they all work differently. That it why every parent needs to take due diligence when it comes to properly putting a car and booster seat in the car. It’s literally a matter of life and death.
There are some important safety tips to keep in mind when you’re driving.
Always keep your car in good condition. Make sure to get your car inspected and take it in for routine maintenance every three months. It allows your car to stay in tip-top shape longer and it will give you the peace of mind to know your car runs properly.
Keep your eyes constantly on the road. Not only can drivers become distracted from phone calls and texts even if you take hands-free calls, make sure that your full attention is locked on driving. Even driving and eating can be a problem. If you’re on a relatively short trip wait to get where you’re going for your calls and to get a bite to eat.
Be careful of cruise control. On long road trips it can be easy to simply put your car in cruise control, but did you know that if you fall asleep at the wheel, an accident will happen at the speed you set the cruise control.
Never drink and drive. This is a no-brainer, but any drinking and driving can put you and your children at extra risk for an accident. And, it is illegal and might land you in jail. It also goes without saying to not take drugs and drive. Also, this is a no-brainer, but it’s surprising how many people drive while impaired. You cannot keep your children safe when you cannot properly take care of yourself.
Always wear your seat belt. This is important no matter if you’re driving or sitting in the rear seat. Buckle your children in properly and buckle up as well.
Teach Your Children Car Safety. Make it a habit to teach your children that car safety also means that they are well-behaved in the back seats. You don’t need any extra distractions. Make this a part of your daily routine.
While it’s never a guarantee that you’ll never get into a car accident, there are practical, smart ways to prevent them. Driving is something we have to do every day, so the safer we are behind the wheel the better.