How to drive safely with a baby in the vehicle

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 at 2:01 pm
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Three driving tips for National Baby Safety Month

You have probably all seen those vehicle stickers that say, “Baby on Board,” as if the sticker can help prevent a vehicle accident. We appreciate the goal of these stickers, and maybe there has been a case of a driver reading this sticker and using extra precaution. However, a sticker cannot provide the same amount of safety as following car seat laws. Below, we will provide California’s car seat laws as part of three driving tips for National Baby Safety Month, which is September 2019.

Follow all California car seat laws

Car seat laws are no joke. Don’t skip out on them, even once, because you never know what will happen. Here are the current car seat laws according to the California Highway Patrol:

  • Children under two years old must ride in a rear-facing car seat until the child reaches 40 pounds or more or is 40 inches tall or more. Follow the car seat instructions to properly secure the child.
  • Children under eight years old must ride in a car seat or booster seat in the rear seat of the vehicle.
  • Children who are eight years old or are four feet and nine inches tall or taller must ride with either a safety belt or a booster seat.
  • Children and adults who are 16 years old or older must follow California’s Mandatory Seat Belt law.

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Keep your eyes on the road, not on your baby

Another important tip is to always stay focused on your driving. As a parent, it may seem important to stop your baby from crying. If you must attend to your child, then you must pull over at a safe location first to prevent an accident. If possible, drive with a second adult in the vehicle to attend to the child if necessary.

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Use extra precaution in dangerous weather conditions

Our third tip is to use extra precaution in dangerous weather conditions or preferably, to avoid driving at all in snow or heavy rain. Using extra precaution includes keeping your vehicle up to date with regular maintenance such as keeping good tires on your vehicle.

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