You will drive 2 hours in pouring rain to watch your daughter’s football game. You will wake up at 3 o’clock to give your child a new bottle. You will sacrifice time, money and so much energy to make your child feel loved and cared for. But do you do everything you can to protect them when they are in the car? A car accident is always a nightmare, but what about when you have your children in the car? It’s every parent’s worst fear. Car accidents can lead to serious injuries or worse for child passengers. Unfortunately, car accidents are a leading cause of death for children. How can we better protect our children while doing something as simple as getting in the car? This Child Passenger Safety Week, we share potentially life-saving tips to keep your child safe while in a car.
What is Child Passenger Safety Week?
Child Passenger Safety Week was created by the United States Department of Transportation to highlight the risks and preventable measures that a parent or caregiver can take to ensure a child̵7;s safety when traveling in a vehicle. 374 child passengers were injured every day in 2019. In the same year, 608 child passengers died. The need to make sure your child is firmly seated in the right car seat for their age, weight and height has never been greater.
What can you do?
Do your research!
It is very important to investigate and follow government regulations for child passengers. We also encourage you to go one step further and examine the manufacturers and safety ratings of different types of child car seats and booster seats. Find something that makes you feel comfortable and is full of safety features backed by science and testing.
Find the right size child car seat or booster seat
Did you know that using a car seat reduces a child’s risk of injury in a collision by 71-82%? This is why it is important to make sure your child is in the right car seat for their age, height and weight.
Read the instructions
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people do not read the instructions on their child’s car seat or booster seat. We know that it is boring to read them from cover to cover, but inside you will find lots of information on how to set up your child’s safety seat and adjust the functions it provides to best suit your needs. You will find information on how to secure the seat in the right way, how to fasten your child in the right way and how to best use the functions in your specific seat that provide the safest possible experience for your child passenger.
A parent’s love and commitment is like no other in the whole world! We know you would do anything for your child, so do this. Commit to giving them the safest possible experience as a passenger in the car.