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Using a Car Seat to Maximize its Safety Features

People who regularly have their children in the car with them will want to drive as carefully and as safely as possible. While people can do a great deal to avoid some of the more common accidents that happen from careless driving, even people that are extremely cautious about driving, especially when their children are in the car may, not be able to avoid every potential accident.

A great deal of avoiding accidents has everything to do with the people that the person shares the road with, and a driver being as careful as possible can do very little about another driver not paying attention. That’s why safety precautions need to be taken, such as young children riding in car seats.

Tight Straps

The problem is that many parents may not understand some of the common mistakes that are made when buckling a child into a car seat. For example, having the straps as tight as possible, without injuring the child is important. Not only are safety harness straps being tight around the child’s body important, it is also important to make sure that the straps that connect the car seat with the actual seat in the vehicle are also as tight as possible.

Rear Facing Car Seats

Until the age of two, or until the child reaches a weight of 45 pounds, the child should be facing the rear of the vehicle when in a car seat. This is important because statistics show that children that are in rear-facing car seats are 75% less likely to be injured or killed in an automotive accident. Even minor injuries, such as leg injuries that are so common to front facing car seat riders are less of an issue when the child is facing the back of the car in the car seat.

There are many other things to consider when it comes to car seat safety, and many of these things are simple issues that are just overlooked by a busy parent. However, if you want to ensure that your children are as safe as possible, putting them in a car seat at appropriate weight and ages is essential. It is also important to make sure that the car seat is used properly to maximize the benefits should an accident take place with your children in the vehicle. TGDaily is a great resource for these and other car seat safety tips.