Baby on Board: How to Maintain Child Car Safety When Driving (Infographic)

Car Safety

As the most vulnerable people in our society, children need to be well looked after when it comes to car safety. This infographic guide from Hussey Fraser outlines everything you need to know to ensure a safer journey for the whole family. It offers practical guidance on some simple preventative measures drivers can take to ensure the safety of their child passengers.

Children face a number of hazards when they get into a car. To minimize the danger, it is important to have the appropriate child restraints correctly fitted. Not only do these help protect children in the event of an accident, but they are also a legal requirement in over 95 countries. The below infographic offers a comprehensive guide on selecting the proper restraint for your child based on their age, weight and car specifications. It also offers helpful advice on how to handle children who refuse to wear their harness.

While it may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of child car safety, choking is another danger of which parents should be aware. One of the leading causes of death among young children, the risk of choking increases when the child is in a moving vehicle. To prevent this from happening, parents should take the proper precautions by instituting a “no food” policy in the car.  

Child passengers may cause an unwelcome distraction to the driver. In fact, a recent study revealed that children are 12 times more distracting to a driver than talking on a phone. If you find yourself getting distracted by the child, pull over to a safe spot. Another precautionary measure is to choose a car that allows you to lock the back windows from the front as small children love playing with window buttons and this can prove to be highly distracting for a driver.

Over the hot Summer months, parents should take care never to leave their children unattended in a parked vehicle. Research has revealed that on a warm day it only takes about one hour for the car to reach a deadly temperature. Children are at a much higher risk of heat stroke, as their body temperature increases 3 – 5 times faster than adults. If you see a child left unattended in a parked car on a hot day be sure to call the emergency services straight away.    

As Summer segues into Autumn and the family prepares for going back to school, be sure to take the time to talk to your children about road safety. The combination of cars, congestion, and children can be a dangerous mix, so it is vitally important to educate kids on good road safety habits from an early age to ensure that they can conduct themselves as pedestrians.

If you are interested in learning more about child car safety, check out the below infographic. In addition to laying out child car safety perils and precautions, it also provides some practical pointers on choosing a car seat and selecting a family car.