It is easy to think that the biggest threat to your children comes from strangers hanging around parks or internet chat rooms. Yet, the biggest risk to your kids is drivers – not the kind that kidnaps kids but those who use their cars to drive to school, work or the shops.
While trucks can do more harm, there are far fewer on the roads than cars. Besides, kids spend more time playing, walking or traveling on local streets than the highways that 18 wheelers prefer. Here are some ways you can help your children stay safe:
Strap them in
Colorado has specific rules regarding what child needs what seat. Standard seat belts are designed to fit adults and will not protect your child without the necessary child seat. It can be tempting to think that your child will be fine for a short journey if you have forgotten their booster seat, but a crash can happen at any time.
Keep them occupied
How you occupy your child when you drive is up to you, provided they stay strapped in and are not distracting you every five seconds. You need to focus on the road.
Secure loose items
You also need to remember how dangerous unsecured objects can be in crashes. If you have an open trunk, consider a partition to ensure anything in it does not come flying forward in a collision. Many kids love to travel with their dogs, yet they, too, need securing as 150 pounds of airborne mastiff could be lethal.
Aside from driving with caution, there is not much more you can do to keep your kids safe in the car. The rest is down to others. If another driver crashes into you, understanding how to claim compensation for you and your kids will be crucial.