Don’t Make This Driving Mistake

If you’re in a rush to get to the store that’s only a few blocks away, can you let your child sit in the back seat without buckling up? No. According to a new study from Safe Kids Worldwide, 1 in 4 parents of kids under age 10 believe it’s fine to let a child ride unrestrained when you’re not going far. However, the scary truth is that 60 percent of crashes occur within 10 mintues from home, according to research by Parents advisor Dr. Dennis Durbin’s team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention.

I was in the car with a friend recently, who commented that her 8-year-old daughter is so relieved not to have to sit in her booster seat anymore. Her daughter is tall, but my 8-year-old (who still wears size 6) is definitely not big enough to ride with only a regular seat belt. Even if your state law doesn’t require it, your child should ride in a booster until he is 4’9” and meets these additional requirements:

  • Your child is tall enough to sit against the vehicle’s seat back with her legs bent comfortably at the edge of the seat, and with her knees and feet hanging down.
  • The shoulder belt lies across your child’s chest and shoulder and not cut across her neck or face. The lap belt is low and snug across the thighs, not across the belly.

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week, so whether you have a baby or a big kid, please take this quick quiz to make sure you are keeping your child safe in your car.

 

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