4 Safety tips you must know while traveling with your child…
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We give you some handy tips to make driving with your child all fun with reduced risk.
Mums and dads, summer is in peak at the moment and so is your child’s enthusiasm. We bet, it is these summer vacations that make inspiring heroes of the future and no wonder, like a true Jeanie, you would want to fulfill every wish blooming in your tot’s tiny heart.
So whether you are driving your little angel to and from hobby classes or you are on the much awaited road trip to your native with your baby, when driving with your kid onboard, child safety demands and deserves your attention.
Here are 4 important safety tips to make traveling with kids of different age groups stress- free and enjoyable for all…
By the time your child is two years old, he or she is exploring everything possible. They are curious about their environment and want to actually handle whatever is within their reach. Children mainly do this because their motor skills are newly developed and they are only eager to test themselves.
Playing with your car’s door and handle is not an exception to their curiosity and a car with active child lock facility is one of the things you need to keep your little one safe. Here’s how it works...
- The child lock prevents the rear seat passengers from opening the door whether the car is in transit or stationary.
- Upon mechanically activating, the child locks can be opened from outside but not from inside.
- A central locking system can also be highly useful if you want to seat your older child in the front or rear.
Child seats are a good option to keep your child safe in case of any unforeseen circumstances such as minor hits or even accidents. Even while using a safety seat, it would be best to have an adult sit with the child in the rear and watch over him or her. Here are some important factors you must keep in mind…
- There are different types of car safety seats such as infant seat, toddler seat, booster seat depending on age group. Choose one for your child wisely and appropriately.
- The safety seat must be securely fastened using the car’s safety belts and the child must be properly strapped.
- Putting a rearward- facing baby seat in the front is not advisable and not at all recommended if the car has active airbags in the front seat. Instead of being helpful, the airbags will push the seat with great force and increase the risk.
3. Fasten your older children with appropriate seat belts…
Mums and dads, there comes a time when you feel your child has overgrown the safety seats. Here are a few benchmarks that you must use to crosscheck whether he or she can actually use a car seat belt.
- The child’s knees are naturally bent at the edge of the car seat
- The child is comfortably sitting with his or her back against the vehicle seat
- The lap belt must fit across the upper thighs of the child while the diagonal belt fits across the shoulder and chest
In case these benchmarks aren’t true about your child, you must continue to use a safety seat till your child reaches this stage.
Rear seat safety checks are probably the most ignored. However, it is equally important to ensure that your child in the rear seat is well protected. Here’s what can be done…
- The best position to place the child or a safety seat would be the rear of the car, of course with appropriate strapping.
- Putting your child or child safety seat right behind the driver seat is definitely not advisable as the doors on right open on the road and it may be dangerous to take out the child from this side in case of any emergency.
- You may place the seat in the middle however, do check for an appropriate seat belt. Fastening the child safety seat with a diagonal seat belt is the best. If your car doesn’t provide a diagonal seat belt on the middle seat, you must check if the child seat has any provision to use a lap belt. In case both facilities are not available to you, avoid putting the child in this position.
- The left side seat works the best to position your child as it opens on the pavement and is more convenient.
Little caution as parents will not only protect your child from any harm but help children to understand the importance of staying safe during travels. So mums and dads, all geared up, what are you waiting for? Hit the road with your child this summer and enjoy the ride with your lovely angel.
Chevrolet India has launched ‘Drive with Care – Protect your Precious’ campaign with a thought evoking theme – ‘Child Safety’. The new initiative is intended to reinstate child safety measures and raise awareness about the highly neglected practice by motorists. The Protect Your Precious campaign features four Safety Ninjas, Chevrolet’s mascots to promote child safety - Buckle Ninja, Child Seat Ninja, Lock Ninja and Rear Seat Ninja. The Safety Ninjas sensitize parents and kids on the need to inculcate safety measures on a daily basis.
To take the pledge and to know how you can ensure your child’s safety while driving, visit Chevrolet India’s website http://www.chevrolet.co.in/complete-care/drive-with-care-road-safety-campaign.html and Chevrolet’s official Facebook page http://bit.ly/ProtectYourPrecious . A dedicated campaign page on the Chevrolet website has been created, all under one campaign hashtag #ProtectYourPrecious.