4 Steps to Kid-Proofing Your Car

Posted on May 26, 2010 


The Young and The Reckless by Leonid Mamchenkov

You’ve gone through all the precautionary measures to kid-proof your home: locking up chemicals and medications, installing an alarm on the swimming pool, and placing safety latches on all windows. Now is the time to head to your car for Kid-Proofing 101!

If you have never given a second thought to kid-proofing your car, consider this: a car has plenty of hazards not unlike a home, and you’d never dream of not kid-proofing your home, right? With that said, there are a number of things you should never do to risk your child’s safety: never leave the keys in the ignition, never leave the trunk open and unattended, and never, ever leave a child unattended in the car.
These tips are certainly the most important things you must remember regarding your children and the car. However, there are three things that you should consider when searching for ways to protect your children from the dangers of a car:

1. Rid the car of any chemicals or choking hazards. From antifreeze to windshield wiper fluid and car fresheners, there are a number of things that could be in your car that you may not realize are dangerous – and even deadly – for children. If you have any type of chemical in your car, lock it in the trunk or remove it altogether. In addition, always check the backseat of the car for choking hazards before buckling your little one into their car seat. Never assume your child can’t reach something – get rid of it and the risk of choking!

2. Make sure that your child is in the proper type of car seat and that the car seat is installed correctly. Never assume that you know how to install a car seat, as each make and model will have different guidelines to ensure your child’s safety. Take the time to read the car seat instruction manual, and always pay close attention to the age, height and weight requirements that come with car seats. If you have any doubt about the installation of your child’s car seat, contact your local police or fire station, as many times they will offer free child safety seat checkpoints.

3. Always remember that the safest place for your child is in the backseat of the car. Even if your vehicle has an option that disables the front air bag, the front seat is still not a safe place for your baby or child. Instead, make sure your little one is safety buckled into a properly installed car seat in the back seat; preferably in the middle seat.

4. Buckle down your purse and other bags. A mom’s purse may easily weigh 10 pounds, and it can be a real flying danger to your baby if you are in an accident. Buckle your purse and other bags into the seat to ensure they won’t fly around and hurt your baby.

Finally, before heading out of your garage, always make sure that your car insurance is up to date and comprehensive. A good comprehensive auto insurance policy will prove to be invaluable, particularly if you have small children. Take the time to review your auto insurance policy on an annual basis to ensure that you are receiving the best auto insurance protection for yourself and your family.

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