Maintaining your child’s safety while traveling in a car is one of the most critical duties you have as a parent. Whether you’re on the way to school, running errands, or going on a road vacation, making sure your children are safe in and around automobiles is critical.
Thousands of young children are killed or wounded in vehicle accidents every year. Car safety seats should be used correctly to keep youngsters safe. However, because there are so many distinct seats available, many parents will feel the process is daunting.
Types of Car Seats you Should Consider
Infants and Toddlers
If your child is below three years, the best seats are the rear-facing type, which are sometimes convertible. At this age, a parent should consider the child’s weight and height as required by different safety guidelines.
Toddlers and Preschoolers
In this age-group, your child can use the forward-facing car seat, either as a convertible or with harnesses. After outgrowing the previous stage, children at this age will be heavier and taller. At this stage also, the parent should consider the child’s weight and height for the best selection and to adhere to safety guidelines.
If your child is at the school-going age, a seat booster is fine. If the child has outgrown car seats, a booster seat that can place them at the belt position should be used. Notably, children who are below 13 years should seat in the back.
Above 13 years of age, the child can use safety belts. At this age, the safety belts can fit the child safely. Notably, the lap and should safety belt should always be used.
At any age, ensure you use the correct-sized car seat, according to the child’s height, age, and weight. Also, ensure the seat is installed securely to the vehicle. Make sure to consider the car type and installation process, as each manufacturer has a different approach.