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When you’re driving with a toddler, even the shortest trip to the mall can turn into a tedious task. Make sure that your little passengers are well secured while you keep your eyes on the road by following these three tips.
Check the Car Seats
It can be difficult to install a car seat properly for new and experienced parents alike. Studies show that more than 50 percent of car seats aren’t installed properly. Aside from this, it’s also very difficult to get your children strapped into the seat especially if they’re acting up.
However, not checking your car seats or strapping your toddlers in correctly can lead to severe consequences. Car accidents can happen anytime so make sure to check the car seat even if you’re just going around the block.
Another important thing to consider is the strap. This is what will save your child’s life in the event of an accident. You have to ask yourself if it gives your child enough protection. If not, you have to go get yourself another car seat.
The next time you take your toddler with you for a ride, check the car seat first and make sure that it is steady. Next, strap them in and make sure that it is snug enough to keep them in place. Remember to also prioritize your child’s comfort and do not overly tighten the straps.
Which Way Should Your Toddler Face?
Your child might put up a fight but it’s better to have them facing the rear part of the vehicle as much as possible. Experts suggest that all children below three years old should be rear facing while riding a vehicle because it’s a lot safer for them. However, you have to remember that you need to condition your child to face forward once they’ve grown taller or gain weight as they grow up.
Consider If They Still Need a Booster Seat
Booster seats are used to help children fit into the car seats perfectly and make it easier for parents to strap them up. A seatbelt that does not fit well can lead to more harm in the event of an accident. Experts suggests that children use a booster seat until they reach the age of eight or when they are 4 feet 8 inches tall.
If your children are too embarrassed to keep using your booster seats, you have to put your foot down and explain it to them that it’s for their own safety (even if they will never listen).
For your children’s safety on the road, you need to check even the smallest details. Forgetting to check something minor usually results to bad experiences, or at worst, regrets. You can also check the latest child safety guidelines provided by your local and national government.
Road accidents are unavoidable, fortunately, at the Sungate Insurance Agency, we take pride in making sure our clients are well protected at prices they can afford. To learn more about how we can help you please contact our agency at (407) 878-7979 or Click Here to request a free quote.