Stay Safe When Driving With Precious Cargo

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The freedom of driving becomes a real gift when you have a family. With a family car on your drive, you have the option of going anywhere you fancy. Days out in your vehicle are an amazing way to make the most of your time together. And, of course, a family car is practical for other purposes. You can drive the kids to school. You can even take them to appointments, and friends houses without worry. In short; family cars make life a lot easier.

But, there is a more serious side to a family vehicle. When driving with kids in the car, you have the most precious cargo imaginable. This brings with it a fair amount of responsibility. Safety should always be important on the road, but even more so when driving with a family. That’s why we’ve put together a list of safety tips that you should always adhere to when your kids are in the car.

CAR SEATS FOR YOUNG KIDS

Depending on the age of your children, you may need to invest in car seats. These are crucial for young kids for a few different reasons. For one, they offer comfort. Small bones can’t stay comfortable sitting upright for long. So, a car seat will ensure your little ones are comfortable. But, the main reason for car seats is safety. Top-quality designs offer protection for children should anything happen. Though it doesn’t bear thinking about, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep in mind that some car seats are equipped with better safety features than others. Make sure to hunt down a design which offers a level of safety you’re comfortable with. It’s also crucial you don’t buy a second-hand option. You’ll have no way of knowing how old it is, or which features it includes. It’s not worth putting little lives at risk like that.

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SEATBELT SAFETY

If your kids are old enough to do without a car seat, it’s crucial you teach them seatbelt safety. As the driver, it’s your responsibility to ensure all passengers clip in. So, you should ALWAYS check your kids have done their seatbelts before setting off. Make sure, too, that said belts are appropriate for small bodies. If the belt isn’t tight enough, it’ll offer no protection at all. Adjust the straps in the back accordingly, and check them at least once a week to ensure they haven’t come loose.

STRICT SPEED LIMITS

Sticking to speed limits is, of course, crucial for any driver. But, it’s worth reaffirming here. If you have kids in the back, speeding is one of the most foolhardy things you can do. That applies, even if you’re in a rush to get somewhere. Never creep even slightly above the speed limit. At the end of the day, it’s in place for a reason. Driving faster opens you up to a whole new world of dangers. And, there are enough of those on the roads already.

 

Bear in mind, too, that drivers often speed because they aren’t aware of the speed limits. Make sure to always look out for speed signs, and adhere to each one.

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DON’T LET DISTRACTIONS DIVERT YOU

Kids can be distracting at the best of times. They’re full of energy and like to have your attention at all times. This will be worse in the car. Long journeys will bore them, and they may start to play up. If you have two bickering kids in the back of the car, it can be tough to keep your mind on the road. But, it’s essential that you do. Blocking out distractions when driving is a skill, and it’s one you need to master. Never fall into the trap of taking your eyes off the road. One second of looking at the back of the car could lead to disaster. If your partner is along for the ride, make sure they take care of any back seat situations. If it’s just you, learn to ignore what’s happening behind. No matter how it sounds, your kids will sort themselves out. Keep your mind on what is important.

KNOW WHAT TO DO IN AN ACCIDENT

As we’ve mentioned above, none of us like to think about car accidents. And, the idea of crashing your car with kids in the back is a nightmare for anyone. But, it’s important you give potential accidents some consideration. If anything does happen, your knowing how to act could make a huge difference. For one, it’s important not to rush to the back and unbuckle your kids. Even if they seem fine, whiplash and other issues could mean that they need to stay where they are. You should always have your phone with you for cases like these.

If the crash is minor, make sure to check your kids over before moving them. If things are more serious, don’t hesitate to phone an ambulance. Make sure, too, that you know how to move forward. Even if you think your kids are okay, it’s worth seeking treatment after an accident. You’re not a medical professional, and so could miss the signs of a serious issue. Make sure to get them checked out by a professional as soon as you can. Think, too, about minimizing the trauma. Talk the accident through with them, and get them back in the car as soon as possible. Avoiding driving will build their fear, and could make it difficult to get back in a car when the time comes.

GO OUT AND HAVE FUN

Having read through these points, you may not want to go out at all. Why take the risk? In truth, though, safety precautions should never stop you having fun. Remember that a family car is a gift, and you need to use it. Sure, you have to be careful. But, there’s no reason to let that ruin your enjoyment. Now you know what to look out for, you’re in a better position than ever to get your family on the road.

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