Chicago Health | Homepage
Car Safety for Road-Warrior Parents

Car Safety for Road-Warrior Parents

By Morgan Lord

Whether you’re off on a road trip or running errands on crowded city streets, keep your child safe by having the correct car seat in your vehicle, buying safe car seat accessories and keeping your attention focused on the road.

Having a car seat is the law—all 50 states require child safety seats for infants and children fitting specific criteria, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Using a car seat reduces infant death by 71 percent and toddler death by 54 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When selecting your car seat, you’ll notice a five-star, ease-of-use rating system by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); this means it meets federal safety standards and strict crash-performance standards.

Unlike your car seat, all of those handy car seat accessories are likely not governed by federal standards, so be sure to check their safety features and read the directions. Accessories range from helping the driver see the child, to shielding your little one from the sun, to keeping her entertained.

Here are some considerations to keep the entire precious cargo safe.

  • No matter the kind of car seat, if it’s not installed correctly, it’s not going to do its job, which is to protect your child. According to NHTSA, three out of every four children in child safety seats are not properly secured. Read the instructions carefully. Or go to a car-seat inspection station (check locations on safercar.gov) to double check your work. The angle of the car seat is paramount. You can also opt for a leveler, which compensates for the slope of the vehicle seat.
  • We know you always want to keep an eye on your child. But when you’re driving, the road is the most important thing to pay attention to. New moms are among the most distracted these days, according to the Distracted Driving blog. Rather than constantly swiveling your head, incorporate an extra mirror into your safe driving practices to provide a clear view of your child without sacrificing road safety.

    Driving Distractopns by the Numbers

    GET MORE STATS ABOUT DISTRACTED DRIVING RISKS





  • Dangerous UV rays and intense heat can penetrate even a tinted window. Mesh window shades can block the sun, but not your view. A child’s body feels heat three to fives times faster than adults’, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Heatstroke is the leading cause of noncrash, vehicle-related deaths for children. So, if it feels hot to you, imagine what the child feels.
  • To provide support for an infant unable to hold his head up, improve comfort with an adjustable padded head support. Just be sure that the support is not so thick that it might accidentally push a newborn’s head forward, compromising the airway.

When your baby is happy and smiling, everything in life is better. This goes for your skills as a driver, too.

 

 

Similar Articles

ABCs of Learning Disorders

ABCs of Learning Disorders

Students’ issues can be hard to detect By Megy Karydes Cheri Easterwood first noticed one of her

Children Exposed to Pesticides Have Increased Risk of Blood Cancers, Study Says

Children Exposed to Pesticides Have Increased Risk of Blood Cancers, Study Says

By Nancy Maes Pesticides seem necessary to keep the home free from ants, cockroaches and other

Pneumonia a leading cause of hospitalization for children

Pneumonia a leading cause of hospitalization for children

What Doctors Know Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pneumonia puts thousands of young children

The Dangers of Meningitis Can Be Prevented

The Dangers of Meningitis Can Be Prevented

By Megy Karydes Kaitie Mayberry Hauser wasn’t overly concerned when she felt a migraine coming on

The Kid’s Doctor: Get smart about antibiotics

The Kid’s Doctor: Get smart about antibiotics

By Sue Hubbard, M.D., www.kidsdr.com When your child is sick, do you know the best uses

Articles By Category

Family Health

In The Know

CH Lifestyle

January 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
December 25, 2016 December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016
January 1, 2017 January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017 January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017
January 8, 2017 January 9, 2017 January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017 January 12, 2017 January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017
January 15, 2017 January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017 January 19, 2017 January 20, 2017 January 21, 2017
January 22, 2017 January 23, 2017 January 24, 2017 January 25, 2017 January 26, 2017 January 27, 2017 January 28, 2017
January 29, 2017 January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017 February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

Categories

Recent Comments

Swing for the fences in the fight to Sideline Pancreatic Cancer

Swing for the fences in the fight to Sideline Pancreatic Cancer

Enjoy a great night of baseball at Peoples Natural

VIEW ARTICLE
Cost to give birth 1943 - Page 3 - Defending The Truth Political Forum

Cost to give birth 1943 - Page 3 - Defending The Truth Political Forum

A Hazy Shade of Healthcare: What does tort reform

VIEW ARTICLE

Archives