If you drive in Arizona, then making absolutely sure your kids are safe in the car is probably a number-one concern for you. If it already isn’t, it should be. The last thing you would ever want to have happen is to become involved in a collision and have your youngsters become ejected from the vehicle.
Serious injury or death could easily be the result.
Safety means each child is firmly secured in their seat. Although no preventative measures are 100% guaranteed, it’s best to do everything you possibly can to keep kids in their seats when a vehicle they are riding in is in motion.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the importance of following child safety protocol. The CDC website states, “In 2019, 608 child passengers age 12 and younger died in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 91,000 were injured.”
The CDC goes on to call auto collisions “a leading cause of death for children.”
Those ominous numbers should concern anyone who operates a vehicle with young kids inside.
What can you do to keep your kids at the lowest risk in a vehicle?
Think about this advice from the CDC:
- Use seat belts if a child is old enough to wear them.
- Otherwise, use a booster seat or use a car seat.
- Whatever kind of seat you have, it should be suitable for the child’s age and size.
- Learn how to use car seats and booster seats the right way.
Kids’ safety in vehicles is a must all the time. CDC guidance says that “Buckling children in age and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries.” Take sensible steps to protect your children anytime they are passengers in vehicles. The effort and expense are well worth it.