Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children. In 2017, 675 children under age 13 were killed in car crashes. At Dallas Lease Returns, we want to help keep your family safe, which is why we put together a list of vehicle safety tips designed to keep your child protected.
Child Vehicle Safety Tips:
- Take advantage of car seat safety checks held nationwide during National Child Passenger Safety Week.
- If you’re pregnant, schedule a car seat installation with a certified child passenger safety technician before your child is born.
- If your child is under the age of 13, they need to ride in the back seat. This is because the front airbag may injure or kill them if an accident were to occur.
- If your kids complain about wearing seat belts, don’t negotiate. In fact, don’t drive off until they buckle up.
- Always be consistent and wear your seat belt to influence your children to do the same.
- All 50 states require child seats with specific criteria; here is a list of child passenger safety laws by state. Make sure your car seat is up to standards.
- The life of a car seat ranges from 6 to 10 years, so be sure to check your car seat’s expiration date in the manufacturer manual.
- Never place a rear-facing car seat near an airbag; air bags can save the lives of older children and adults, but they can be fatal for young children when not seated correctly.
- Make sure you use all car seat seatbelts when buckling your child in, including the lap and shoulder belts.
- Teach your children to never tuck their seatbelt under their armpit. If a wreck were to occur, this could cause severe injury to your child.
- Ensure that your child never share seatbelts with other passengers. It might seem like fun, but two kids should never buckle up as a pair.
- Teach your child the importance of behaving in the car. If they are jumping around or yelling, it can distract you, the driver, and put everyone at risk.
- Ensure that your child follows the rules in every car they are in, even if other passengers don’t follow the same rules. For instance, if your child is asked to sit in the front seat of someone else’s car, your child should know to decline the offer and tell the driver that he or she would prefer to sit in the back seat.
Why Choose Dallas Lease Returns
Correctly installed and properly used car seats or seatbelts, depending on your child’s age, are the first line of defense in protecting kids on the road. However, you also need to consider the safety your vehicle provides. If your vehicle is older, odds are it doesn’t have all the latest safety features, including lane assist departure technology, emergency braking technology, blind spot monitoring, etc.
At Dallas Lease Returns, we offer a wide variety of family sized vehicles, most of which come standard with the above mentioned safety features. Our amazing sales team can help you shop our indoor facility to find the perfect vehicle for your family. To browse our inventory, please click here!