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Child Safety Week

21 Sep Blog | Comments

Child Safety Week is a great time to remind ourselves how important it is to be safe, especially with our children. There are so many distractions on the road and inside our cars. It is of course always important to remember to be safe when we are driving, but adding a child into the mix makes it even more important.

Something that many of us forget is that we are our children’s role models. They watch us while we drive and learn from us. They watch and learn our good habits and unfortunately they also watch and learn our bad habits. They notice when we stop at the red light. They also notice when we text while driving.

One day your child will become a driver on the road and you will want your child to be a good driver. The best way to help them become good drivers is by passing on your good habits. One way to do that is by teaching them rules of the road early on. You can do that by teaching them one small rule at a time. For example, when coming to a four way stop if there are multiple cars arriving at the same time, the car farthest to the right goes first.

Another very important piece of driving with children is car seats. When our children are infants we automatically put them in car seats. The infant car seat is placed in the car facing backwards. The car seat can be turned to be facing forward once the child has reached 20 pounds and can pull themselves up. Again that is a general rule and can vary slightly between states.

As they grow they progress from a small car seat to a bigger car seat. Eventually they move into what’s called a booster seat. However many parents do not know when they can move their child out of the booster seat. Although the laws vary slightly from state to state the general consensus is that most children will need to be in a booster seat until they are 12 years old.

There are of course exceptions to the rule as some children grow faster than others. So in case you’re looking to make sure that the child and sit in the seat and the seatbelt will go across their chest not across their neck.

Another important thing to remember when driving with children is not to ever leave them in the car alone. A child should not be left in the car by themselves until they are at least 12 years old. In many states it is actually against the law to leave a child in the car alone who is not at least 12 years old.

Driving with children your car adds more responsibility to the driver of being focused and concentrated on the road all times. This responsibility should not be taken lightly. It is our job is the driver to keep everyone in the car safe. The best way to do that is to be the defensive driver at all times.

 

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