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Buckle Up: Tips for Teaching Kids Better Car Safety

buckle-up-tips-for-teaching-kids-better-car-safetyWhen it comes to teaching our kids car and road safety, nothing is more important than getting them to understand the dangers at hand. Of children ages 12 years and younger who died in a crash in 2014, thirty-four percent were not using a child safety seat, booster seat, or even a seat belt. This disturbing statistic should be an eye-opener for parents when it comes to the vitality of teaching our little ones better car safety. Here are a few more tips you can use when teaching kids better safety habits in the car and on the road.

Watch the News Together
When you come across a news report about a car accident, get your kids’ attention. Allow them to watch the entire news report with your supervision. After it has ended, begin a family meeting in which you ask questions about that they just witnessed. Finalize the meeting by listing the car safety rules. For instance, refresh their knowledge about the significance of buckling up in the car and how the use of seat belts can prevent injury and death in the case of an accident.

Read Together
Reading to your kids has both the benefits of expanding your kids’ reading skills and teaching them about a specific topic. This particular article, titled Seatbelts, will give both you and your child car safety knowledge and facts. You can also find books at your local library that go over some kid-friendly ways to stay safe in the car. Find other ways to talk about car safety while they watch their favorite shows as well. You can mention things like looking both ways before crossing a road, navigating crosswalks safely with a flag, and watching for cars as they walk through parking lots with you.

Buckle Up
Whenever you load the car with your kids, make sure they are buckled before starting the car. Bachus & Schanker Law, who deal primarily with Colorado Auto Accidents say simple seat belts are usually the first protection you’ll get in a crash. If they are non-compliant or make a fuss about it, remind them about the car safety rules and how seat belts will save their lives. Explain that the car will not move until they are secure in their seat belt. Use yourself as an example, and be sure you are always buckled as well. No one can teach something without putting the action into play themselves. The minute you get behind that wheel, let your kids see that you are following the car safety rule as well.

Teaching our kids about safety is one of our most essential duties as parents. Although they can be resistant at times, there are many effective ways to get them to do what is needed for their protection.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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