Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe in the Car

As the holiday season approaches, you might begin to plan road trips with the family, which may serve as a reminder to brush up on some car safety basics for kids. This article will take a look at some of the essential guidelines to keep in mind for a safe trip every time your kids are in the car.

Invest in the right car seat

Children should be in car seats in the back seat of the car until age 13, since seatbelts will not provide adequate restraint in a car accident when children are still growing. It is important to know when to transition from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing model, and eventually to a booster seat. Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you identify the right seat for your child and be sure that it is installed properly at regular Car Seat Checkup events at our Las Vegas campus.

Always wear seatbelts

Seatbelts are a necessity for car safety, so you should lead by example and always wear a seatbelt, even on short rides. By teaching your child the right seatbelt habits from an early age, you can feel safe knowing that your child will continue smart seatbelt use when he or she is driving as a teen.

Provide quiet distractions for kids

Long car rides may not only make kids cranky, but it can cause children to have distracting outbursts that take your attention off the road. To keep your kids busy and quiet in the car, bring along books, small toys, or handheld games that will let you focus on the road instead of the backseat.

Stay prepared with an emergency kit

An important aspect of car safety is preparedness for roadside emergencies. Keeping non-perishable snacks, bottled water, and a first aid kit handy will ensure that you can stay safe in the car while you wait for assistance after an accident or breakdown.

To get answers to your safety questions or learn about upcoming Safe Kids events at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, call us today at (702) 233-5437.

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