Keeping Children Safe in the Car

Cars are wonderful inventions that make our daily lives much easier than we could ever imagine. They are also, unfortunately, dangerous machines that are capable of doing a lot of harm especially if a distracted driver is behind the wheel. The last thing anyone wants to do is hurt themselves, someone else, or even child passengers. Children can get a bit rambunctious in the car, especially on long trips when boredom sets in. Some cars offer convenient entertainment options to keep children busy. You can research those types of vehicles on a reputable website like Cars.com. There are plenty of ways to keep children entertained in the car on long drives which can translate to keeping them safe.

The number one rule for keeping children safe in the car is to ensure they are in the proper seat for their age and weight. Depending on their age this might be a car seat or booster. If your child is still in this phase, ensure that whatever seat they sit in is properly installed and tightly secured. If your child is beyond car seat age, me sure you communicate with them the important of keeping their seat belt secured including both the lap best and chest restraint.

If you know you’ll be in the car for an extended time with the children, try to keep them occupied and engaged with activities and healthy snacks. Bring along colors, coloring books, books, small toys and games, and other crafts that can be done easily in the car. Pre-pack healthy snacks that are fun to eat.  These small efforts before you ever leave home will go a long way to keeping you sane behind the wheel. Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous kinds and having to tend to bored and misbehaving children while you drive is sure to produce just that.