Child car seat safety tips.

February 21, 2015

erin_doan_agency 031514Good Neighbor Tips from Erin Doan, State Farm Insurance, Scottville,www.erindoan.com.

Several studies have shown that the backseat is the safest place for your child, but you still need to take safety precautions. Here are several ways to reduce risk for backseat passengers:

Choose the Right Restraint

Securing kids properly is the number one guideline for child passenger safety. Your child’s age, height and weight will determine whether he or she needs a car seat, booster seat or seat belt. Identify the appropriate safety restraint for your child at Safercar.gov. For more information about child car seat safety, visit the State Farm® Learning Center.

Don’t Forget About Adults

Unrestrained adults can be injured in the backseat too. They also can injure the driver if thrown forward during impact. For protection, have your passengers sit in the center seat — it is the farthest point from possible impact zones.

Shop for Safety

Keep backseat passengers in mind when you’re shopping for a new vehicle. Many newer models are equipped with backseat safety features. Side airbags and inflatable seat belts offer more protection, while headrests can help reduce the occurrence of whiplash.

Drive Cautiously

Your driving habits also impact your passengers’ safety. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents. So put your phone away, give your children a book or movie to keep them occupied, and always keep your eyes on the road. These simple safe-driving habits can help make the trip safer for everyone.

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