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Riding in Cars With Children – Kids and Auto Safety

It may be surprising to hear that a number of the leading causes of death among kids is auto injuries. This is often due to parents not taking appropriate precautions. It is projected that of children under 12 years old who died in automobile crashes in 2015, 35% of these weren’t in a safety seat or using a seat belt. For parents, only a little knowledge can go a long way in ensuring children’s safety in vehicles.

Riding in Cars With Children - Kids and Auto Safety

Sadly, drunk drivers are one of the leading causes of child passenger deaths, and more than 60 percent of those deaths are from the children’s parents drinking while they are driving. When a parent pushes drunk with their children, over 60% do not properly restrain or buckle up their child. For your children’s safety, never drink and drive.

It has also been discovered that kids learn auto security habits from their parents. Nearly 40% of kids that are riding in a car where their parents didn’t bother to put on their seatbelts also didn’t have their seat straps. Simply teaching your kids to never get in a vehicle without putting on their seat belt may be life-saving.

Another large issue with child safety in automobiles is wrongly used car seats, booster seats and seat belts. When using a car or booster seat, it is vital to read the instruction manual.

The manual will give parents the exact specifics for proper installation of their chair to the car and its proper use, not to mention the right ages and heights which the chairs are employed for. It is estimated that more than 45 percent of typical child restraint devices are misused by parents, thus reducing their effectiveness as well as placing the child in harm’s way.

The fact is, appropriate usage of child restraint devices such as booster chairs, car seats and seat belts is the #1 way to protect your kid from fatal and severe injuries while you’re driving. Proper use of a car seat lowers the risk of death and injury for infants by over 70%.

For toddlers, ages 1 through 4 years old, using age-appropriate car seats lessens the risk of harm by more than 50%. For bigger kids, ages 4 through 8 years old, a booster seat was shown to reduce the risk of injury by 45%, when used in conjunction with a seatbelt. For kids over 8 and adolescents, proper seat belt use reduces the chance of injury and death in a car by about half.

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Author: John S Padilla

My name is John S. Padilla, the first child of three siblings, studying at Flinders University in the Northern Territory of Australia study. I like automotive like supercars, mechanics, motorbikes, driving safety, and that motivates me to make this article.