Written by Dr. Chetan Ginigeri
Child car safety is essential and can be very simple if you take care of little things as your habit. The initial step, while taking care of child safety in the car, could be accurately fitting child restraints, and one should always buckle the children into them perfectly. It is important that the children sit aptly, and it keeps children happy and joyful while during the drive.
In this article, we shall discuss all the essential details about all the safety precautions that they must follow in cars:
The child restraint is strictly advised for the child until the age of seven. Parents should engage in the process of wearing a seatbelt for all the children above the age but make sure they have a grown-up body to wear it safely, going in detail about 145cm tall.
Choose carefully, proper fitting, and assistance with the accurate restraint according to the child’s size and age are beginning steps for safety. A child can move to a large restraint when the child’s shoulders have reached to the indicator for the upper shoulder height that can be spotted at the child restraints.
If you see around in every country, when you are traveling by car and have not used an accurately adjusted and locked seatbelt is considered illegal. One should not carry on a child on their lap, especially when you are going in your own car because it’s not safe. Although you might be wearing a seat belt, it is still considered illegal in many countries to carry a child on the lap while driving. It is obvious that children copy their elders and learn from them, so it’s important for you to wear a seat belt in front of them and set an example.
Check out some valuable points below:
As already explained above, children less than 12 years are allowed to ride only in the back seat. Precisely the middle seat. This is considered as the safest spot for a child. One of the main reasons for insisting on putting your child in the back seat is that, if some mishaps happen, the airbag alone can kill your child. Did you know the airbag set out very fast, almost around 1/20th of a second? This force is not bearable for a small child. This impact most probably brings about a head injury to the child as the bag winch them off the sit and hit the roof.
For the safety of children, there are some laws or rules legally prescribed for motor vehicles about seating arrangement of children:
Apart from the above discussion, there are few extra tips that should be kept in mind while driving:
It’s necessary that children are always happy while in a car. Their quietness and sadness can distract you and risk driving. Look at the following points to keep them cheered:
Dr Chetan Ginigeri is an experienced Pediatric Intensivist with national and international training. With 15 years of experience, he is one among very few Intensivists in India trained to take care of children who need/had organ transplants. He has been responsible for coordinating the Pediatric Organ Transplant program.Read more.