As parents, it’s quite easy to say that we’re on the road every single day. We have to bring the kids to school, do groceries, go to work and so on. Driving can be fun, sometimes even relaxing, but did you know that driving is statistically the most dangerous form of transport. An accident might only be around the corner – there is no way of knowing. There are, however, a few ways to avoid them in the first place if you follow the next safety tips.
Make Other Drivers Aware
You would assume that your first port of call would be to change your driving habits. However, that isn’t the case. The first thing you should do is make other drivers aware of there are ‘babies on board.’ Signs might not seem significant, but they are visible to everyone on the road. And, drivers will change their habits to accommodate children. After all, no one wants to cause an accident that hurts innocent kids. Just put the sign in the window or on the bumper and you’ll notice fewer incidents.
When you are alone in the car, you will drive on autopilot. That doesn’t mean that you’re not focusing, but it does mean that you’re used to the car and the roads. As a result, you don’t need to concentrate as much because there are no surprises. What does this all mean? It means that you will probably drive a lot faster than you realize. The truth is that most people speed, whether they do 40mph in a 30 zone or just a few miles per hour more. In an accident, one or two miles an hour can make a big difference, which is why you need to slow down and keep your foot steady.
Use Safety Aids
Most cars come with driver aids to make driving easier. The good news is that they also make driving safer, too. A rearview camera is a good example. While you’re driving, you can check what is behind you to avoid any incidents. As long as you glance at it periodically, you won’t compromise your safety.
Turn Off The Airbag
Sadly, there are some safety features which aren’t compatible with children. An airbag is a primary example because it can cause complications with young kids. Although it might seem like a bad idea, experts say it’s better to turn off the passenger side airbag if a child is in the front seat. For one thing, they can deploy at the slightest touch, which can lead to painful injuries. Plus, the seat belt should take most of the strain if it functions properly.
Check Your Car Regularly
This step is very important! You should get your car checked periodically and make sure that everything is ok with it. A good car maintenance is not only good for your car but is also vital for your safety.
These are just a few tips that I really felt the need to share with all of you. If you have other safety tips for me, don’t be shy and leave a comment.