From the moment you become a parent, your number one priority is keeping your child safe. Many of us rely on cars to get around, and we travel on the roads on a regular basis. Although the vast majority of people reach their destination without any issues, there are risks related to driving. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe on the roads.
Invest in high-quality child seats
If you have young children, it is vital to ensure you have car seats and that you use them on every single journey. When shopping for a child seat, read user reviews, look at safety ratings and features and take your time to compare makes and models. Investing in a high-quality seat is essential to keep your kids safe in the event of an accident.
Wearing seat belts
If you’re just taking your car around the corner, or you’re popping out to the local store, it can be tempting to jump into the seat and start the engine without putting your seat belt on. Seat belts save lives, and you need to wear one, regardless of where you’re going or how long you’re going to be in the car for. Setting a good example will help your children to learn that they also need to wear their belt once they’re old enough to move out of a child seat. The NHTSA estimates that seat belts saved almost 15,000 lives in 2017 alone.
Every driver makes mistakes, but some are much more costly than others. If you are driving, always abide by the rules of the road, be patient, give other cars time and space and make sure you’re aware of the speed restrictions. If you’re driving too fast, or you’re distracted by your phone, for example, you could put yourself, your passengers and other road users at risk. Negligent driving causes accidents and it also has legal implications. If you’ve been injured by a careless or dangerous driver, it’s wise to seek advice from a lawyer for a serious injury. Take extra care if it’s wet, icy or foggy outside, and consider postponing your journey if there are weather warnings in place. Tiredness is a common problem among parents, especially those of young children. If you are tired, don’t drive. Take a break or have a coffee and a nap and then make your trip.
Over 90% of car accidents are caused by driver errors, but the risk of injuries may also be increased by driving a vehicle that is faulty or unsafe. Keep up to date with routine services, check your tires on a regular basis and get any abnormal sounds or smells checked out as soon as possible. If your brakes are squeaky or there’s a crunching sound when you press the pedal down, for example, addressing the issue promptly will keep you safe and lower the long-term cost of repairs.
As a parent, there is nothing more important than protecting your children and keeping them safe. If you’re a driver, take these tips on board to steer clear of trouble and reduce the risk of accidents.