How to Prevent Injuries and Keep Your Kids Safe on The Road
The world loses a child every four minutes owing to road-related accidents. Hundreds of other kids get injured, causing immense sorrow and pain to friends and families. Sadly, most of these accidents are born out of the carelessness of parents and other road users. If parents teach their kids road safety rules and properly prepare them for every ride, accidents, and injuries will reduce considerably. Do any of the following to keep your kids safe and prevent injuries while on the road.
Prohibit Food, Drinks and Play in the Car
Kids love taking their favourite snacks and drinks and playing while you’re on longer rides. It keeps them busy and gets them fully enthralled by the ride. Sadly, there are many risks of letting kids play or snack in the car. One, kids can get choked by food or drinks, and as a caring parent, your swift response to the situation could lead to injuries or more serious problems. In addition, as kids play in the car, they can catch your attention, ultimately affecting your concentration on the road and possible accidents.
Encourage Proper Behaviors
You can’t force kids to buckle up or keep calm during the rides if you’re not doing the same. You should act what you teach, as kids will likely follow your actions more than your words. If you ask them not to drink or snack, make sure you’re doing the same.
Don’t Allow Kids to Share a Seat or Buckle Belt
Larger families want to travel together, which means forcing several kids to share a seat or buckle belt. Even if your car has shoulder and lap belts to keep users stable and comfortable, you should never nurse the idea of letting kids share a buckle belt or seat. There is no comfort in sharing a seat and buckle belt, and in many instances, if anything happens, the kids would be the first casualties. Invest in toddler car seats to ensure each kid sits alone.
Get All your Kids Below 12 Years to Sit at the Back
The passenger-side airbags are often a risk to small kids as they are only made to protect adults. Regardless of how convinced you feel that your kid will be safe on the passenger seat, it would be safer having them sit at the back. Teach the kids to stay calm and low-key whenever they are sat in the backseats.
Keep Phones and Other Stuff from the Child
Phones and other fundamental items necessary in your everyday life must not be kept close to your kid during the ride. You know your kid may get tempted to play with any of them, and the risks could be immense. Take, for instance, if the kid tries throwing your phone through the car window, your reactions may lead to an unexpected accident.
Avoiding accidents and injuries while driving with toddlers isn’t impossible, especially if you educate them well beforehand. Keep the stuff that could disturb your peace and the kid’s comfort away, and ensure every kid occupies at least a seat. Consider investing in a car emergency kit and keep it fully equipped.
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