The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Stay Safe in the CarEmily McClements
Do you know the most important thing you can do to keep your child safe in the car? It’s not refraining from texting or talking on the phone. It’s making sure their car seat is installed correctly. Although those are all really important things!
The most important thing you can do to keep your child safe in the car is to make sure they are correctly buckled into their car seat.
Here’s a quick checklist for you to make sure you are buckling your child correctly:
- The shoulder straps should positioned through the slots at or below the level of your child’s shoulder.
- The harness should be pulled tightly. This is one of the most common buckling mistakes made. A loose harness will not restrain your child correctly. To check, try to pinch the harness straps above the chest buckle, you should not be able to pinch any loose strap. Another way to check is to make sure you can only fit two fingers underneath the chest buckle.
- The chest strap should be level with your child’s armpits.
By double checking to make sure your child is buckled into their car seat correctly every time you drive somewhere, you will be taking an important step towards keeping your child as safe in the car as they can be.
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