Many parents painstakingly child proof their homes, but skip over the family car(s). Children have a natural instinct to explore, which can cause them to create mischief and possibly wind up in dangerous situations. Baby-proofing your car and utilizing safety precautions can help you and your family avoid potential hazards. Try following these tips:
- Always use proper child safety seats or booster seats. These products all have weight and height guidelines to help you choose the right fit for your child as he or she grows.
- Remove any small items from your car that a child could choke on.
- Never store cleaning products and/or chemicals underneath your backseats. Secure them in the trunk or on a tall shelf in the garage.
- Ensure that collapsible seats are locked in the upright position to prevent kids from crawling into the trunk.
- Engage the child safety locks on your back doors. This will not allow the doors to be opened from the inside. You can also lock the windows, so only the driver can open and close them.
- Child mirrors are available so you can safely view your baby without turning around.
Adding simple safety precautions to you daily routine will reduce your family’s risk for potential trouble:
- Make a habit of double checking that your child is properly secured into his or her car seat, and that the car seat is properly secured to the backseat of the car.
- Never leave an unattended child in a car. Never leave the keys in the ignition because children have a tendency to mimic adults and can attempt to start the engine.
- Do not shift the car into gear until everyone inside in safely buckled up.
- Provide toys, movies, music, and games to keep children occupied and entertained.
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