When it comes to my son, Azai, his safety as he rides around in my car is of the utmost importance. I could possibly be a little tiny bit over the top since I am a first time mom but then again you can never be too safe when it comes you baby. Throughout my pregnancy, my husband and I searched through consumer reports to determine the best and safest car seat, went to a child safety class put on by our birthing hospital and tried to gather as much insight as we could on keeping our son as safe as possible when we hit the road. And because I am a busy mom, my son spends a lot of time in my car rolling with me. We decided on the Britax Travel System, because of the reviews and how user friendly it was to connect all the pieces to each other. But to add another layer of safety to Azai’s transportation experience, we had the pleasure of getting tips from the Bloggin’ Mamas Safety Academy presented by Nissan. Since I think it is absolutely unnatural to withhold information that can save a child’s life , I have recapped everything I learned below. Please share your own tips, so that we can update this post, your favorite car seat systems and your feedback below.
Six Tips For Being As Safe As Possible On the Road With Your Little One:
- Buckle Up – Did you know seat belts saved 14,668 lives in 2016 alone. Also, seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half.
- Follow Child Restraint Guidelines – All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear facing car seat until 2 years of age of more depending on their size and weight (not just their age) and one thing I learned that I did not know is that children should ride in the backseat until they are 13 yrs old.
- Avoid distracted driving – In 2017, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. Babies are eight times more distracting to the driver than adult passengers (this is so true for me, because I instinctly want to keep turning around to check on him every 5 minutes). Children are 12 times more distracting to the driver than talking on a cell phone while at the wheel.
- Never leave a child in a hot car – The temperature inside a car can reach as high as 125 degrees in a few short minutes, and children have died of heatstroke in cars when the outside temperature was as low as 60 degrees. Children are much more susceptible to heatstroke than adults. In the majority of cases of vehicular heatstroke deaths, well-meaning parents just lost awareness of their surroundings, were functioning on “auto-pilot,” and forgot to double-check their back seat before leaving their cars. Parent Hack – when you download the WAZE gps app, you can add that you have a child to your setting and it will remind you to grab your child every time you hop out the car.
- Employ vehicle safety features –Make sure you utilize ALL the features that car has to offer – blind spot warnings, lane departure warnings, Nissa even offers and around view monitor for a 360 degree view of your entire car.
- Check your car’s VIN for open recalls – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides an online search tool to check for open safety recalls: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls
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