Driving and Child Passenger Safety

http://www.modernmom.com/sites/default/files/featured/article/09/istock_000020487207small.jpgWhen driving with children, especially while going on long trips, it is important to take into account the safety of your passengers. Making sure that your car has seatbelts and airbags is not enough. Depending on your country and location, there are special local laws and legislation in place to ensure that child passengers traveling in cars enjoy the utmost safety on the road.  With this in mind, here are some general car seat safety tips for children:A belt positioning booster seat should be used for children over 40 pounds.A car’s regular seat belt should not be used on a child until they fit correctly. The minimum weight and height for a child to be able to use a seatbelt is about 80 pounds and 4 feet and 9 inches tall.

  • There has been great progress achieved in recent years in preventing child occupant deaths and injuries, especially in increasing the correct use of child safety seats, booster seats and safety belts. However, more work needs to be done to protect child occupants who remain at heightened risk. There is no denying the costs involved, because child seats and other safety accessories for children do not come cheap. But it’s an expense a growing number of people are willing to bear. Every part of a car is replaceable unlike the people inside
  • so keeping the kids safe and secure is invariably a price well worth paying.
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