Safe Driving for Families

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Being in the car in today’s society is scary. It is scarier for people who have passengers riding with them. If the passengers are kids, the driver should be even more cautious than normal. There are ways to keep kids and passengers safe while traveling in a vehicle. Families should familiarize themselves with the rules of the road while they are traveling together.

Seatbelts

All vehicles traveling on the roadways must be equipped with seatbelts. Most states have laws that anyone riding in the vehicle must wear a seatbelt. Each year, there are over 15,000 lives saved from car crashes where people are wearing their seatbelt. There are also a good number of accidents still taking place where people are not using their seatbelts. In these cases, more trauma is occurring, people are getting thrown from the vehicle, and even death in some of these crashes.

Proper Passenger Occupancy

Vehicles have an average number of passengers they can fit in a car. This is determined by the size of the car and space available along with the number of seatbelts in the vehicle. Having too many passengers can be a distraction to the driver and also a safety hazard. If people are not able to be buckled in properly, a citation can be issued by the local authorities. There are other risks involved as well with not complying with proper passenger occupancy.

Child Safety Seats

One of the top Tips For Driving With Kids is to use child safety seats. There are different seats that should be used depending on the age of the child. This can be found on the department of motor vehicle website for each state. The fire department in the local community is also a good place to check for this information. Using child safety seats properly can save the lives of the children passengers in vehicles if they are involved in a crash. There are also regulations requiring children under a certain age to ride in the backseat of the vehicle versus the front.

Most all laws regarding seatbelts and safety seats for children can be found online. Even though they may differ for each state, it is a good habit to follow the general rule of wearing a seatbelt and placing children under the age of 6 in a safety seat. This is to keep all families and children safe while on the road at all times.