If you’re a parent or you ever drive kids around, child passenger safety is something that should be extremely important to you. From play dates and little league games to holiday road trips and the school carpool line, kids end up spending a lot of their time in the car. Every moment on the road with a little one should be about keeping them safe, and a seatbelt isn’t always enough. In fact, a seatbelt can actually do more harm than good if you’re using it wrong for a child that’s too young. We want to make sure everyone stays as safe as possible, so we’re sharing some car seat safety tips with you:
Use the correct car seat. Not all car seats are made equal, and it’s super important to use not just a car seat, but the right car seat. Car seats are made specially for different ages, weights and heights. Never use a booster seat for a baby or an infant seat for a toddler that’s grown out of it. Take your time to find and use the seat that fits your child now.
Back seat only. If your child is 12 years old or younger, the safest place for them to be is in the backseat of the car. The front seat passenger air bag is not made for kids, and it could cause serious damage to a child if you get into an accident. So keep the youngsters and the car seats in the safest spot — the back!
Rear-facing first. Not only should you have the correct seat in the correct spot, but you should make sure the car seat is facing the right way too. For your littlest passengers, the car seat should be facing the rear until they’re about 2 years old. When they’re that young, rear-facing seats are about five times safer than forward-facing ones. Always read your manual for proper instructions, of course!
Minimize the bulk. When you put your child into a car seat, you should always take off heavy coats, take blankets, and generally make sure there’s not a lot of extra fluff that could affect the snugness of the straps.
Use the harness correctly. Again, always make sure you read the instructions for these things, because it can vary a little bit depending on the seat. But always make sure the straps are kept over your child’s shoulder, and snug enough that you can only slip one finger underneath the chest straps.
Secure the seat. Always use a seatbelt to secure your car seat, as well as a tether if you have the option. If you have a transition seat that can be faced both forward and backward, make sure you are putting the belt through the right slot. Once it’s attached, the seat belt should be tight and secure.
Be a good example. When you’re in the car, always make sure you’re following the same rules you expect your kids to follow. Don’t text and drive, and always wear your seatbelt. Not only does it encourage the kids to keep theirs buckled, but it actually helps keep them safe. If you get into an accident and you weren’t wearing your seatbelt, you’re putting everyone else — kids included — at a much higher risk.
If you have been in an accident and you need repairs, let us know! At Steve Landers Collision Center, we want to put you back on the road as quick as we can. With a team of factory-trained technicians, our crew can return your vehicle to manufacturer specifications while our front office will work with your insurance to make your process a breeze. Get in touch today stopping by the shop, calling us at (501) 703-0276, or filling out our online contact form. Experience the Steve Landers difference and get moving today!
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