5 tips to ensure your child's safety in the car

There are strict and specific car seat rules for driving with children in the car.

This is for the protection of child passengers who tend to be the most likely to be injured during a car crash, especially if not belted or secured properly.

If you have children and intend to drive them around in your car, you will need to invest in good car seats for them. But there's more to ensuring your child's safety than just buying a good car seat.

Here are 5 quick tips: 

1.  Choose the most suitable car seat for your child

You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a car seat for your child. One thing to consider when making your purchase is that age, weight and height restrictions should be strictly adhered to. You might think you're being forward-thinking and saving costs by purchasing a convertible seat for toddlers when your child's only an infant but a car seat that doesn't suit your child's age, weight and height will undoubtedly endanger his/her life. 

2.  Install the car seat properly

Now that you've chosen the most suitable car seat, the next step is to install it correctly. The best protection for your child's safety in the car is a properly-secured car seat. Every car seat comes with different steps and instructions so be sure to read the instruction manual carefully and not skip any important steps. Most reliable brands even provide video guides on their website to assist you in the installation procedure. 

3.  Make sure that your child is strapped correctly in the child safety seat

The harness should fit snugly. If you can still fit a finger between the strap and your child’s shoulder, it means you should adjust and tighten the strap. Take the time to check and double-check every clip and buckle before you start your journey. 

4.  Use the auto-lock mode on your doors and windows when your child is in the car

It's easy to get distracted when you have a restless child in the back trying to fiddle with the doors and windows. Eliminate your worries by using the auto-lock mode on your doors and windows so your full attention can be on the road. This way, you'll be sure that your child can't accidentally open the windows or doors while the car is in motion. 

5.  Make the car ride enjoyable for your kids

Car rides don't have to be a nightmare for yourself and your kids. Put on their favourite music or occupy them with a book or their favourite toy during the journey. When they get older, you can even teach them simple games to keep them entertained for a safe and fun journey.

There may be times when your child will protest being in the car seat, crying and wailing loudly to be released. If this happens, resist the temptation to take your child out during the journey! Better to have a noisy, crying child than an injured one. If you must release him/her, stop the car in a safe place before doing so – never while the vehicle is on the move. 

About the author: Aviva

We're one of the leading providers of retirement, investment, insurance and health solutions in Singapore. We're a provider of Medisave-approved Integrated Shield plans, an appointed insurer for the national ElderShield scheme, and have protected SAF servicemen since 1983. In the general insurance space, we were the pioneer insurer in Singapore to offer car insurance online, changing the market landscape. To find out more about the solutions we offer, please visit www.aviva.com.sg

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