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A Safe Ride With Children
Long-haul driving can be a challenge. Doing anything other than 100% focusing on the road can turn your attention away just long enough to cause a severe accident and potentially end a life. In reality, focusing on the road alone is almost impossible, especially if you frequently drive with your kids.
Imagine your kids fighting at the back of the car, or repeatedly shouting “Are we there yet?” and kicking at the back of your seat. Believe it or not, these and couple of other things can happen inside your vehicle while you are driving with your children – which can distract you and put your safety as well as of the pedestrians at risk.
How can you stay focused on the road while your kids are in the backseat? To help you make your road trips more comfortable – whether they are daily travel to school or holiday travel – here are some tips to drive safely with your children:
- Know where to sit them.
- Buckle up
- Never seat kids on your lap.
- Secure your gears.
- Kids should also know the rules.
- Always supervise.
- Don’t text and drive.
- Have car insurance.
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Safe driving with children
Traveling with children can be fun for them and for you, as a parent. But, it is undeniable that next remount of effort and protection should be given and prepared, since there is also an added responsibility to keep the kids safe on the road.
While you may not have control over other drivers, you can make sure that children are properly protected in your own car.
However, paying attention to the road until the kids may be a difficult multitasking duty for you, especially if you are driving alone with them.
Here are some tips on how to keep your pint-sized passenger safe and sound, for any trip at any age:
Know where to sit them
Safely driving with children should also be strategic. This is backed up by science and by law.
In the Philippines, guidelines on where children should be seated on a car is being followed in every major roads and highways.
It also obliges parents to use car seats and use it properly during car rides. Children 12 years or below should always ride in the rear seat in an appropriate child seat or what the vehicles seat belt.
This one is a no-brainer. Everyone, not only children should wear their seatbelts on every time they ride the car.
News reports, movies, and television shows prove time and time again how a single strap can draw the line between life and death.
The Philippine constitution of 1987 also requires every passenger of any vehicle to strap on their seatbelts. 8750, or the seatbelts Act of 1999 requires the mandatory compliance by motorists of private and public vehicles to use seat belt devices.
Not wearing your seatbelt will not only your life, but also means you’re disobeying the law.
Never seat a kid on your lap
Children do enjoy sitting on adults laps. But experts advise otherwise because when accidents happen, it can result to their demise.
Secure your gears
Having a car seat and wearing your seatbelt will be pointless if you don’t secure and there are any loose odds and ends in your car.
During a car crash, these objects can jam on the brakes, or become dangerous projectiles for you and your children.
This being said, don’t stash anything remotely heavy on the package shelf behind the rear seats. You should always secure loose items in your trunk as well.
Kids should also know the rules
As a parent, it is your job to make sure your kids understand that driving a serious business.
Ask them to stay calm and quiet while you are on the wheels.
Let them know how important it is to sit in the backseat, and how to advocate for themselves if they ride with someone who doesn’t know the rules.
Sharing in the rules for them in a manner in which they can understand is better than implementing the roads just because.
Never leave children alone in or around cars. This should be a basic knowledge for parents.
It might be no big deal to leave them for a few minutes inside, but leaving kids alone in the car, even for a few minutes can be dangerous and even deadly.
Did you know that kids have died in hot and cold cars, and in some states, leaving kids unsupervised is a really bad idea because anything can happen in a disaster could strike at anytime.
Don’t text and drive
Of course, driving safe is your biggest responsibility. Never text and drive.
Distracted driving only puts everyone in dangerous situations, but it teaches young people bad habits.
You can expect your kids to behave exactly as you do when the time comes.
These tips protect and offer a more comfortable environment for the most precious property any parent can have and possess, their kids.
Have car insurance
One of the traits that truly embedded in the Filipino characteristics is being family-oriented.
For parents nothing is more important than the safety, convenience, and the comfort of their children, especially when traveling on the road.
It is an understatement to say that risk isn’t an everyday reality. Accidents in all forms, shapes, and can happen any day to anyone.
Some me unfortunate events on the road as they were driving to work, or coming home.
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Once you’re driving, you expose yourself into a constant risk that indeed, you do not have Direct Control of.