These are the main safety rules both you and your child must follow in order to make the chance of possible injuries much lower. The basic principle of safety when you are in the car is making sure you or your passengers move as little as possible during an accident. Smaller movement amplitude means smaller chance of injury.
Basic safety rules with the baby on board
1. Back seat of the car
Your child must be in the car seat on the back seat of your car.
The child car seat must be secured with seatbelts. It’s absolutely unacceptable to let your kid stand in the seat while you drive. This can cause heavy injuries or even your child’s death, if you just jam on the breaks, let alone any accidents.
3. Child car seat
A special child car seat suitable for your child’s weight and height is a must for any kid under 12 (or under 135-150 cm). At this age regular seat belts can’t secure your kid.
4. Well tightened seatbelts
Your child’s seatbelts must be well tightened. This wouldn’t hurt to repeat what we said before: the less your child moves, the less are the chances of injuries.
What does actually “well tightened” mean? It means that you can slip a hand between the seatbelt and your kid’s body, but your fist won’t fit there.
5. Deactivate the Airbags
If you did decide to place your child car seat on the front seat of the car, the front seat must be pushed back to the limit. And if the child car seat is positioned backwards, you must surely deactivate the front passenger Airbag.
6. No bags in the child car seat
Never let your child seat in his car seat with a schoolbag (or a backpack). Your kid’s back and neck must be as close to the back of the car seat as possible. Any amount of space between your child’s body and seat surface will mean bigger chance of whiplash and side impact injuries. What does it look like? If your kid is sitting in the child car seat with a schoolbag or a backpack on his back while your car gets hit from behind, the child’s head will be jerked back over the schoolbag instead of being supported by the headrest.
7. Never seat your kid on your lap
Letting your child sit on your lap is absolutely out of question. It’s all about physics — how much do you think your child weighs during an impact? Say, your car’s moving at a speed of 50 km/h; in this case your kid’s dynamic load will rise up to about several hundred kilograms! Nope, you won’t be able to hold on to your kid. On the other hand, how much do you think an adult will weigh? Yeah, it’s about a ton. So you understand what happens when this weight is placed on your child.
8. Don’t talk over the phone
Avoid talking over the phone while driving. Yeah, cell phones are a big part of our life nowadays but don’t get involved in any long conversations or discussions. Even if you use Bluetooth headset you get distracted from the process of driving your car and lose control over the situation on the road.
9. Travel time
Just how much time can your child spend in his car seat? Taking into account the fact that the child car seat doesn’t really let your kid move a lot, travel time shouldn’t exceed an hour and a half. Longer rides without taking a break may cause numbness and overheating your kid’s spine and legs. In case you do need to take a longer ride, take a break, let your child walk, play and run around, and if your child is very young, always check if the baby’s diapers are dry. Overheated diapers can cause serious issues both in girls and boys.
Please remember that when you have a child in your car, you must be very attentive and careful. Children are so defenseless and vulnerable.
And also remember that your kids always follow your example — you are their ultimate model. This means that you always have to wear your seat belts. You always have to be calm and polite while driving the car. Please take good care about yourself and your kid, pay attention because your child’s health and well-being is in your hands.