When you are driving precious cargo, such as children and for many a pets, it is important to exercise precaution to avoid damage from auto accidents. Many parents and pet owners are not aware of all the special laws and regulations that are in place specifically to keep children and animals safe while traveling in vehicles. Here are some basic tips that you can follow to ensure that your children and pets are as safe as possible while you are behind the wheel.
Ensure Children are Properly Secured
If you are traveling with a small child, Federal law requires that they be secured in a car seat. Depending on the size and weight of your child, you may need an infant carrier car seat, a convertible seat, or a booster seat. You should also ensure that the seat is properly installed. When in doubt, visit your local police or fire department to have it checked out. Children large enough to ride without a car seat should still ALWAYS be secured with a seat belt at all times while the vehicle is in motion. At New Look Collision Centers we’re proud advocates of the Zero Fatalities program here in Las Vegas. A few minutes of prevention is the difference in saving a life! It’s best to always be prepared for the unexpected!!
Keep Pets Properly Restrained
On the other hand, traveling with pets can be fun, but it can also be dangerous if they are allowed to roam freely throughout the vehicle. In the event of a collision with airbag deployment, you will want your pets to be away from the front of the car or any place where airbags are deployed so as to avoid injury. Furthermore, if traveling with a dog who wants to keep his head out the window, be careful to leave the window down only far enough for the upper portion of his body to stick out of the window; this will prevent him from jumping out. For smaller pets, consider keeping them in a carrier.
Never Leave Pets or Children in a Car Unattended
To avoid heat exhaustion or any other accidents, you should never leave children or pets in a car. This is true even if you are just running into a store for two minutes, as a lot can go wrong in a very short period of time.
By following these tips, you can keep your children and pets safe while traveling by car. If the unexpected should happen… we at New Look Collision Centers only want you to have be concerned about your vehicle… never your loved ones.