Are you planning to take a trip with your toddler? Travelling with your little one can be an enjoyable experience provided you take the right car safety measures
By Ashwin Dewan
As a parent, it is your duty to keep your child safe while driving a vehicle. Every year, many children are injured or worse, killed in car crashes. An article published in NDTV stated that 43 children die in road accidents in India every day. Using a car seat or a child safety seat is the best way of safeguarding a toddler when travelling by car.
There are a variety of sturdy child car seats that can fit every parent’s needs. It is important to be aware of the process of installing a car seat and buckling up the baby. So, before we discuss car safety tips for your toddler, let us look at the types of car seats that are available:
In the article, Is your child safe in the car?, published in Parents, Benjamin Hoffman, MD, a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and associate professor of pediatrics at the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, says that he has performed more than 5000 car-seat checks, of which only 14 were installed correctly.
Always remember to read the vehicle owner’s manual and the car seat manual before installing the seat. Consult a technician if you need help with the installation.
The following car safety tips will help reduce injury and keep your toddler safe from harm.
Remember, a car does not have to be moving to be dangerous. Parked cars are also potentially deadly. For instance, your toddler might, while playing alone in the car, release the emergency brake or move the gear-shift lever, setting the car into motion.
Ultimately, the important thing is you should be well aware of car safety rules and always drive safe.
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