As a parent, the most dangerous thing you can do with your child is to take them for a drive in the car. “Wait,” you say. Surely teaching them to dive into an empty pool or allowing them to open the emergency exit mid-flight is more dangerous than getting in the car?
While other things contain more inherent danger, the biggest actual risk to your child is time spent in the car. More children die in vehicle crashes in the country than for any other reason.
Correctly sized seats and belts are essential to child safety
You need to choose and use the appropriate seating arrangement for your child. That can range from a rear-facing baby seat for your newborn to a booster seat for a kid who is almost tall enough to use the adult seat belts without additional equipment. Check the state laws to ensure you comply.
Find ways to stop your children from distracting you when driving
If you are focused on the road, you are less likely to have a vehicle collision that calls child restraint systems into play. Children might not understand this, or it might not cross their minds when they are shouting at you to look at them or pass them something. If you can start a safe driving routine with your children when they are young, it will be easier to maintain.
When you head out on the road, you cannot control everything. There are still other drivers out there who are negligent and could injure you and your children. If this is the case, you will need to investigate all options to claim full compensation.