As a parent, your top priority is making sure that your children are safe at all times. This is true when they’re in the car, and their safety should be a top concern even when they’re riding with a babysitter or nanny. Let’s take a look at some ways to ensure that a child is safe whenever he or she is traveling in a vehicle.
Discuss Distracted Driving With the Child Care Provider
Distracted driving occurs whenever a driver takes actions that take his or her attention off of the road. Examples of distracted driving include using a cellphone, talking to a passenger, or driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
There are things that caregivers can do to avoid distraction in a vehicle. For example, they could use apps that restrict phone usage while a car is moving or set the radio prior to traveling. These and other steps keep a driver’s hands on the wheel and his or her focus on the road.
Provide the Proper Seating
Children should have access to a traditional car seat or a booster seat if they’re too small to be safely restrained by a safety belt. Belts that are too low can crush a shoulder blade or cut into a child’s torso. There are alternatives to a car seat if your child is in the in-between stage of being in a car seat and fitting in the actual seat of the car.
Car seats are designed for children who weigh between 40 and 100 pounds and should be used until a child is a teenager. Parents should be sure to provide a nanny or other caregiver with a baby or booster seat if necessary. Parents should also install one if a nanny or caregiver is unfamiliar with how to do so.
Make Sure That the Car Is Properly Maintained
A car that’s not properly maintained may be at a higher risk for getting into an accident. Ideally, you’ll make sure that your vehicle has properly inflated tires, fully functioning brakes, and a windshield that’s free of streaks or scratches. Parents should check with caregivers to make sure that their vehicles are in good condition before they take a child anywhere.
Children are entitled to have safe transportation whether they’re going to school, to a friend’s house, or on a family road trip. Whether a parent or other caregiver chooses to transport the child, it’s important that the driver and vehicle are ready for the road ahead.