When it comes to your child and hitting the road, there is no excuse for not having them in a safety seat. Select a seat based on your child’s age, height and weight. Children under the age of one should always ride in a rear facing child seat. It is a good idea to obtain a mirror so that you can see your child when in a rear facing seat. It is also urged to keep your one to three year old in a rear facing seat. Until they meet the height requirements, they should remain in them. The next step for your child would be a front facing seat. They may be required to travel in them until age seven, depending upon your state’s law. Children age’s eight to twelve may need a booster seat depending height. Again, check the laws in your area for further assistance.
The NHTSA reports that crashes are the leading cause of death in children age three to fourteen. Gerber Collision and Glass strongly urge parents to practice safe driving, especially when transporting kids. Even a minor collision can cause serious harm to a child that is not in restraints. So before you buckle up make sure your child is secure. Double check their belts and make sure they are not too tight or too loose. Always use common sense when driving with children. Remember this phrase. If they’re not in their OWN seat, they’re not in the RIGHT seat.