While driving, distractions are the last thing a driver needs to lose focus on the road. Worrying about a child in the backseat can highly increase the risk of an accident.The following 5 safety features are some of the things that will make a car ride much simpler for you and safer for your child.
1. Car Seat
The most important thing a baby needs is a car-seat. You have to ensure that you safely secure your baby and double check that the baby is properly strapped in.
A car seat in the car can protect the baby in an accident as opposed to having the child held in the arms.
There are various types of car seats available for new-borns and children up to the age of 6.
2. Safety locks
Sometimes relying on just locking the doors may not be enough cautionary measures to take in ensuring your child’s safety. In a hurry you might forget to lock the door thus leaving your child vulnerable to an unfortunate incident.
3. Never leave a child unattended in the car
Even if you intend to only leave your car for a second, always make sure you take your child with you. It is irresponsible to leave a child in the car unattended as a number of things may go wrong such as getting robbed with the child inside or the child playing with the handbrake etc.
4. Switch off the car
Always make sure that your car is properly switched off and has come to a full stop before your child gets out of the car.
Also ensure that your child does not play around outside the car while you are still behind the wheel because you can accidentally run them over.
The best distraction you can get for your child especially on a long drive is an endless supply of toys that will keep your child busy. This way, you won’t have to keep checking in the rear mirror to see if your child is behaving or is safe and focus entirely on driving.
Although women are believed to be great at multi-tasking, it is very important for you to stay focused on the road. Avoid situations where you can be easily distracted and try to teach your children the importance of behaving while you are driving and all the dangers involved.
It is your responsibility to ensure your child’s safety, if you can, provide your child with the best safety features available. If you are unsure about what kind of safety features you need, ask your consultant at any dealership and they will provide you with all the information that you need.