As a parent, keeping your child safe while you drive is likely one of your primary concerns. But trying to figure out how to ensure her safety can be challenging. So many things can go wrong, how can you be sure you cover everything? Here are some child vehicle safety tips to keep in mind.
1. Install Car Window Tinting
As you drive, the suns rays can come right through your car's windows, causing heat build-up, skin damage and even sunburn. To prevent your little one from being over-exposed to the sun, consider installing car window tinting. Car window tinting is preferable over those suction cup child window shades because the shading covers 100% of the windows, on all sides. This can be professionally installed so that it doesn't detract from your car's appearance.
2. Install a Back Seat Mirror
Sometimes, you hear your child crying or moving about in her seat, and you need to know what's happening in the back seat. Turning to look back while you're supposed to be keeping your eyes on the road can endanger her safety and yours.
A back seat mirror will enable you to easily see behind you while you drive. The mirror fits below your regular rear view mirror without inhibiting your vision of the windshield. Now you'll be able to see your youngster without undue risk on your part.
3. Engage Auto Lock on Rear Windows
Your youngster's curiosity may get the better of her when she can finally reach those buttons that unlock the car door. If she ever did choose to see what the button does, it's within the realm of possibility that her next trick would be to open the door while the car is in motion.
Whenever you get in the car to drive with your youngster, engage the auto lock so that her curiosity doesn't wind up causing an accident or worse.
4. Offer Only Soft Snacks
Hard and crunchy snacks are choking hazards for small children. Although in a supervised home environment, these snacks are fine for mature kids to enjoy, they can pose a problem in the car. If your child starts choking, you may lose precious time while you pull over and are able to get to your child to help.
Instead, offer soft snacks while your child rides in the back seat. Snacks like cheese sticks, yogurt, applesauce and pudding might be appropriate.
When you take these small steps to help ensure your child's safety in your vehicle, you will feel a lot safer, too.