Travel Safely With Toddlers in the Car

small baby strapped into carseat

Travelling with your adventurous toddler in a car is quite a job. Toddlers are inquisitive about everything and you can’t do anything to curb his or her curiosity. What you need to do is take measures which ensure that your toddler remains safe when travelling in a car. Toddler safety requires constant supervision. As a responsible parent, the safety of your child should be your top most priority.

Installing a Toddler car seat
Toddler car seats are essential for parents who drive with their kids in the car. Car seats ensure the
safety of young children and babies in cars. Car seats are specifically designed to guarantee the safety of young passengers. Toddler car seats are built to absorb most of the impact of accidents and prevent the forces that could directly affect the child. These can minimize chances of the child being thrown out of the car in case of some accident which may otherwise result in death or injury.

The mandatory use of car seats in the country has reduced the number of toddler deaths due to car accidents by seventy one percent. A car seat also prevents the child from being tossed around in the car which may possibly hurt some part of his or her body.

Pay close attention when buying a car seat for your toddler. Learn to install the car seat correctly as an improperly installed car seat can be very dangerous for the safety of your child. Buy the seat that suits your child and car best.

Child locks
Make sure you have child lock and window control in your car so that your toddler doesn’t do anything dangerous like open the door or window while the car is moving. You never know what your child may decide to do so don’t take any chances and be prepared.

Don’t leave your toddler in the car alone
Don’t leave your toddler unattended in the car under any circumstance, even when you stop for a few minutes to run into a drug store or a gas station. It is extremely hazardous to leave a toddler alone inside a car.

Car accidents are the leading cause of fatal accidents of toddlers. As a parent, it is your prime responsibility to ensure that your child is safely buckled up when in the car. Remember, as a child grows, so does his car seat. Avoid buying second hand car seats as they may not be safe. Carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions and learn to properly harness and buckle your toddler. At this stage of life, your toddler is extremely susceptible to accidents. Take preventive measures to ensure your child’s safety. A poorly buckled car seat may cost you your toddler’s life.

About the Author
As a caring dad, Mike wants to make sure that his children are safe when in the car. Based on his experience and research, he has developed a list of tips. When is not taking care of his children, Mike works in a toy store, where he specializes inboys toys.

Earnest Parenting: tips for parents who want to drive safely with toddlers.

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  • J. Daly @ Toddler Car Seat January 12, 2012, 4:31 am

    Mike,

    Thanks for this post. You make a great point about installation, something that shouldn’t be taken lightly as it’s so easy to make a mistake when installation. Any doubt, I recommend parents contact the manufacturer about the installation to be 100% safe.

    J

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  • Lisa March 11, 2014, 5:59 pm

    I encourage safety for children in the car, however, your photo is a very poor demonstration as the chest clip is on the childs tummy 🙁 very dangerous!

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    • Amy LeForge March 11, 2014, 9:14 pm

      Lisa, wow that’s a good catch! I apologize for not noticing. I was captivated by his smile.

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