Owning a car gives every parent the convenience of going places with children. While travelling with kids in the car is fun, it can be the beginning of trouble. This is because you have to address the safety of your child before getting behind the wheel. In fact, the safety of your child is usually in your hands. The problem is that most parents don’t have a clue of what they are supposed to do while driving with kids probably because they have never read the child driving safety guide. Here is a list of the things that you should do while driving in the company of your kids to reduce their chances of getting hurt.
Wear Seat Belts
Most drivers and passengers tend to underestimate the importance of buckling up. Some people argue that the safety belt makes them feel uncomfortable while others claim it’s dusty. These are just a mere excuse because the belt is designed to be adjustable and easy to clean. In fact, everyone who is above the age of 5 years should wear a safety belt before the journey begins. As a responsible parent, you should always be the first to wear a safety belt so that you can set a good example to the children. The advantage of buckling up is that it makes you become part of the car to prevent you from being thrown out by the impact of an accident. Passengers that don’t buckle up have very narrow chances of surviving from an accident because the impact causes them to be torsed back and forth.
Use Child Safety Seat
Since a safety belt can’t be used to restrain a kid that’s below 5 years, it’s advisable you get a child car seat. The seat has high-density padding and has a frame that makes it easy to loop it with a seat belt. Some parents actually install a child car seat in the front seat. That’s a huge mistake because the baby might be injured by the shuttered pieces of a windscreen. Besides that, the impact of the accident might cause the baby to slip out of the safety seat and go through the windscreen. It’s recommended that you mount the child car seat in the back so that the seat in front can create a rather gentle barrier.
Concentrate on the Road
A considerable number of accidents are caused by drivers that get distracted while behind the wheel. When you pay much attention to the events that are taking place on the roadside, you are very likely to drive into a ditch, trench or even hit the car that’s ahead of you. If you see something that’s interesting on the roadside, you should just pull up so that you can give the event your undivided attention. You should also avoid texting on the phone when driving because you may not be able to control the car. Headphones are also a big no due to the fact that they deny you a chance to hear other things that are happening around you.
Avoid Drunken Driving
Drinking under the influence of alcohol is dangerous. For a start, it causes you to be reckless on the road. You might also forget that you are behind the wheel and fall asleep and before you know it, you find yourself in a fatal accident. You may not even live to tell the tale. Besides that, if you get stopped by cops, they will definitely send you to jail for endangering the lives of other road users.