According to the Arrive Alive website, motor vehicle accidents are still the leading cause of unintentional injury related deaths among children under the age of 14. Most of these deaths are preventable with the proper precautions. What are the proper precautions though?
For starters all children under the age of 12 should be seated on the back seat. Be sure that the children are always properly restrained when driving, even when embarking on short journeys. Most accidents happen within 5km from home. Don’t speed, this is common sense. Arrive late, rather than never. Don’t apply make-up or use your cellphone while driving. When choosing a car seat, be sure that you find one that is and size appropriate and fits in your car. Always read the instruction manuals before installing the seat and always check and recheck that any safety devices used, are properly installed. When a child grows out of their child safety seat, its advisable to install a booster seat until they are tall enough for the seat belts to fit them properly. Children require a lap and shoulder belt. Babies should ride in rear-facing safety seats until they are at least 1 years old. Children who can no longer ride in a rear-facing car seat should ride in forward-facing child safety seats.
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