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Car Safety for Kids On and Off the Road

Car Safety for Kids On and Off the RoadCombating the Dangers of Cars

 

Accidents aren’t the only danger cars pose to kids. Kids can also be hurt in and around cars whether on the road or off. Car safety for kids involves securing them properly in the car and never leaving them unattended when around cars. You can accomplish both by keeping the following safety tips in mind.

 

Practice Driveway Safety

 

Never leave kids around cars unattended, and check all sides of your vehicle before backing out of the driveway. If you don’t have a rear-facing backup camera, do a quick walk around before getting in, and roll your windows down to listen for extra precaution.

 

Use Car and Booster Seats Properly

 

New research is providing us with crucial information about keeping kids safe while driving. Car seats and booster seats can significantly decrease the risk of injury if you use them properly. Make sure your children have the right seat for their size and age, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

Always Wear Seat Belts

 

Kids eight and over should be restrained by seat belts at all times. It isn’t just safe, it’s required under the Illinois seat belt law. Children younger than eight must be put in a proper child restraint system.

 

Avoid Heatstroke

 

Children can suffer heatstroke in a short amount of time if left in a car, so never leave them unattended. Parents forgetting their children are in the car cause many cases of heatstroke. These accidents can happen when kiddos are quiet or parents have a lot on their mind. Establish a safety check system like putting a teddy bear in the front seat whenever your child is with you to remind you of your precious cargo.

 

Mind Crash Test Ratings

 

Many cars advertise good crash test ratings. But how do you know what is the best? A while back, we wrote a handy blog about what crash test ratings mean to help you make informed decisions about the car you trust your family in. Keep these ratings in mind when in the market for a family car.

 

Cars can make the daily tasks of parenting easier, but they can also pose multiple threats to children both on and off the road. Make sure you keep these car safety tips in mind when allowing your children around cars to keep them safe and sound.

 

Accidents are a leading cause of death for children under 13. If you or your child has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, seek legal advice from an Illinois auto accident attorney. An attorney can help you file a claim to get the compensation you deserve.

 

If your child has recently been injured, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

 

 

 

Keep Your Children Safe in a Car Seat

car seat

We all want to be able to protect our children. We need to keep them safe. Many of us research the cars we buy and their safety standards. But why do we not go through the same standard checks for our car seats?

Car seats allow parents to provide protection for babies and children in the event of car crash.  However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13.”

The main problem: people install the car seats incorrectly. More than half of all seats are installed incorrectly. This can means the sliver of a difference between life and death. However, such organizations like Safe Kids help parents figure out how to properly place it into a car to keep your travels as safe as possible.

Safe Kids

Safe Kids provides Checkups. A checkpoint includes a technician teaching an adult how to properly install the car seat. Additionally, the technician checks that the seat fits the child. In fact, you can find where a checkpoint is near your house. Or how to search for a local technician.

Check and Register Your Child’s Car Seat

Consider four main points. Parents should

  1. First, always read the car seat’s instructions and your car’s owner’s manual. Install using either the lower anchors or the seat belt to secure it in place. If you choose to use a seat belt to install your car seat, pay close attention to how to lock your seat belt in the vehicle owner’s manual. Since every car seat and vehicle is different, follow all instructions carefully.
  2. Next, place the car seat in the back seat of your vehicle. Make it secure. The car seat “should not move side-to-side or front-to-back more than 1 inch when pulled at the belt path.”
  3. Additionally, if a car seat faces forwards and has a tether strap, attach the seat to the tether anchor and tighten. The tether limits forward head movement in a crash.
  4. Lastly, if the car seat faces the rear, check that the installation puts the seat at the correct recline angle.

Follow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration detailed car seat installation instructions and videos.

Lastly, many fire departments provide checkups for installed car seats.

Be sure to register your car seat with the manufacturer. This allows you to receive consumer reports and provide recalls. Consumers can also register with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to receive product updates.

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