Carpooling can be a great time and money saver, however you’ll want to make sure that your children are as safe as possible when carpooling. A lot of times in the stress that is associated with carpooling a lot of the common safety needs get overlooked, however it’s just as important to ensure that your children and every children present is safe as possible in the vehicle. Some of the main issues that arise are not being able to properly seat every child that’s present.
In this article we’re going to cover why it’s important to ensure your child’s safety even when carpooling, as well as the steps you can implement today to increase your child’s safety, no matter what vehicle they’re riding in.
Why is it important to keep my child safe while carpooling?
When carpooling a lot of times you or another parent won’t have the proper seating to keep the children safe. Depending on the age and size of the children, some of them may require a booster seat. It’s incredibly important to ensure that the each child can sit comfortably and safely.
A lot of times it can be easier to simply not enforce the booster seat rule when other children don’t require a booster seat, however this can be a very dangerous mistake. A big reason this doesn’t occur is due to the lack of time when dropping and picking kids up. It can be very time consuming having to bring a booster seat as well as keeping track of your child. With all of the commotion it can simply seem easier to forge using a booster seat. Or, in some cases if a bunch of children are being transported at once, it can be very hard to fit all of the children in the car with a booster seat.
However, you must do what you can to ensure your child’s safety. In a car full of children a parent is even more likely to be distracted, thus resting in unsafe driving. Make sure that your children’s safety is guaranteed and ensure that they use a booster seat if necessary.
What steps can I implement to keep my child safe?
The main step is to insist on them using a booster seat, if the belts in the car do not fit properly. An ill fitting seat belt can cause a lot of harm if an accident is to occur. Don’t put fear of a little extra work above your child’s health and safety. The extra effort to transfer a car seat into another parents car is well worth the long-term well being of your child.
In some states, such as California, your child is required by law to use a booster seat if they are below the age of eight. So, it’s important to look into the age restrictions for your state, a lot of parents are unaware that these age restrictions even exist in the first place, so make sure you do your research.
I hope this article has been valuable and you have a greater understanding at how you can maintain your child’s safety even when they’re carpooling.