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Safe Driving Tips for Families on the Go

Road trips are always great fun for families. While there are many aspects of planning the perfect trip, the most important is safety. Below are some safe driving tips for families on the go. Taking a moment to ensure the safety of your family while driving will allow you to focus on fun during the remainder of your vacation.

Buckle Up

This should be the number one rule for parents of children of all ages. Some companies, like Powers Law, know that according to the United States Center for Disease Control or CDC, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death in people ages 1 to 54. This agency states the best way to avoid being injured or killed in a car accident is to buckle up every time you are in the car. Children who are too young for traditional seat belts should be restrained in car seats that are age appropriate.

Always Supervise Your Children While in the Car

Many parents make the mistake of leaving their children unattended inside their vehicle. This can lead to a variety of problems such as injuries if the car is put into gear. It is also easy to forget a child who is sleeping in the backseat which can lead to heat stroke and death. Parents who have mini-vans and SUVs should always double check the vehicle to be sure everyone is out safely.


Never allow children under the age of 12 to ride in the front seat of your car. They can be seriously injured if the air bag deploys during an accident. Air bags have been known to activate even in low speed crashes and they often come out with a great deal of force, causing injury to small children.

Never Drive While Tired

If you become tired while driving, you are more likely to have an accident. Recent studies have shown that driving while drowsy leads to more than 100,000 car accidents every year. While driving to your destination, pull over if you become sleepy or allow someone else to drive.

Don’t Text and Drive

While this is common knowledge, many drivers make this mistake. This often leads to fatal consequences. If you feel you may give in to this temptation, turn off your phone or put it on silent mode. That way you will not be tempted to answer when the notifications start rolling in.

These are just a few tips to make your family road trip safe and enjoyable for the whole family. The bit of extra effort it takes to enforce these rules will be worth it once you arrive safely at your destination.

Tim Esterdahl

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

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