As a parent you do everything you can to protect your child, and that includes taking safety precautions in the car. There are steps you can take to protect your child if you are in a car accident. Read below to learn more.
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Understand How to Use a Car Seat for Young Children
Florida law requires children age 5 and under to be secured properly in a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device. Children up to age 3 must be in a car seat and children age 4 and 5 may be in a booster seat. You should choose a car seat that fits your child and can be used easily every time you drive.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and many other expert organizations recommend that your child should be in a rear-facing car seat until age 3. Then, you can put them in a forward-facing seat until they’re older. Find the best car seat for your child by entering their date of birth, height, and weight on the NHTSA website.
Always Use Safety Belts for Older Children
Although everyone who rides in a car should use a safety belt, Florida law specifically indicates that all children under 18 who are riding in a vehicle must wear a safety belt, even if they are in the back seat. Children up to age 12 should continue to use a booster seat with the safety belt if they are smaller in stature. After that, they can sit in the seat with the safety belt.
Children Should Ride in the Back Seat
It is safest for all children to ride in the rear seat of the vehicle. Airbags and other safety features are meant to protect larger sized adults, not smaller children who can be severely injured by car safety features. The NHTSA recommends that children ride in the back seat at least through age 12.
Teach Young Drivers to Take Safety Measures
When teens begin to drive around age 16, it can be difficult to know if they are being safe. You should teach them to always wear their safety belts and drive carefully.
Teens should take driving courses that teach them the laws of the roads as well as defensive driving techniques.
Teens should also be limited on how many people ride in their cars with them and how late at night they can drive alone. Many accidents occur when teens are distracted by passengers or after dark.
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