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3 tips for keeping your kids safe during every car ride

In a car crash, one of the most horrible things to witness is an injury to a child. Children have their whole lives in front of them, and seeing them with broken bones, spinal injuries and head trauma is devastating.

Parents who drive with their children regularly likely want to know what they can do to keep their kids safe. The good news is that there are many things you can do to help keep your child safe while in your vehicle. Here are a few tips to help:

1. Stay focused

As the driver, your goal needs to be to stay as focused as possible while you're on the road. If you become distracted, there's a risk that you could make a mistake that results in a crash that impacts your child for life. Stress to your children the importance of being calm in the car, since tantrums, yelling and other acts could distract you.

2. Get the right seats for your children

Booster seats and child safety seats have requirements that you must make sure are met. Get a current seat instead of buying used, and make sure it's designed for your child's weight and height. Keeping your child in a car seat or booster seat until he or she reaches the height or age limits of the state is vital to his or her safety.

3. Buckle up every time

Finally, make sure your child buckles up. Yes, there are children who unbuckle themselves time and time again, but as a parent, it's your job to pull over and reconnect the buckle each time.

These are a few tips to help keep your child safe in a collision. With good preventative measures, it's possible to keep them safe, even in serious crashes.

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