Road Safety Tips: Keeping Your Family Safe
17.5 million vehicles are bought in America in a single year. When buying a car for your family, safety is the most important concern. Not only should you consider a car’s safety record & spaciousness, but it is also vital that you are aware of its maintenance requirements & stay on top of them. Carrying out the necessary safety precautions for child passengers is also crucial. Here are some road safety tips on how to keep your family as safe as possible.
1. Make sure you are insured
Despite it being a legal requirement to have car insurance, over 27.5 million drivers in America are uninsured. Whatever your family car, make sure you adhere to driving regulations. This is vital for your own safety. Doing so will also make you feel more relaxed & confident behind the wheel. In turn, this will make things a lot safer for you & your passengers.
2. Try out SUVs
The speedy, sporty models may look stylish but, when it comes to choosing a car for your family, they really aren’t suitable. Not only are they very small on space & usually expensive to run, but the safety records of sportier models are generally poorer than those of larger cars. SUVs come out on top in the list of safest family cars, provided by The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. Volvo’s XC60 makes for the safest choice, with an impressive near-perfect score in the safety tests.
3. Stay on top of child seat regulations
Whatever car you & your family are in, it is critical that any child passengers are in the appropriate car seat. With almost half of children’s car seats used incorrectly, the number of families being put at serious risk on the road is worrying. Young children must be strapped in (correctly) to a car seat or booster that is appropriate for their height and/or weight. This can make all the difference between preventing a fatality or not. The child passenger safety regulations in America differ in each state, so be sure you stay on top of these & stick to them. Even if it is accidental, flouting these safety regulations is a legal offence, so do your homework & make sure any children are seated correctly.
4. Research & diligence: Key to road safety
Keeping your family safe on the road means doing your homework on the safety of potential cars & testing them out properly. If possible, go for a test drive with your family in the car, to get a feel for the car & to see how comfortable everyone is in it. Make sure you also research the maintenance needs of each car & are confident you can stay on top of these. Finally, whatever your choice of car, be diligent about staying up-to-date with child seat regulations; when it comes to safety on the roads, this is critical.
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