Reducing the risk of car accident injuries isn’t as simple as avoiding distractions and striving to stay as alert as possible. Sometimes, collisions are impossible to avoid. One of the most important aspects of car safety is taking steps to protect your car’s occupants in the event of an accident, particularly your youngest and most vulnerable passengers.
Traffic accidents are the most common cause of death for children ages 3 to 14. According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration, 32% of those deaths involve children who are not wearing seat belts, do not have a booster seat, or who are otherwise unrestrained. While every state requires children to be restrained in some manner, Florida is among the three states in America with no bill requiring small children to be placed in booster seats while riding in moving vehicles.
Here are some essential rules for keeping young children safe on the road:
- Never allow a child to ride in any motor vehicle without restraints of any kind. If used appropriately, child safety seats decrease the likelihood of a fatality in the event of an accident by up to 71%.
- Make sure that you know how to install and use the restraints in the proper way. Approximately 73% of all child restraints, including booster seats, are either installed incorrectly or used incorrectly. If you need help, visit a local child seat inspection station.
- Make sure that the child safety seat you purchase is appropriate for your child’s size and age. A child too young for a seat belt one year may be too old for his or her booster seat a year later. Try to avoid buying used safety seats; they may be worn out or missing parts.
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