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3 Important Child Passenger Safety Tips

Millions of visitors travel to Las Vegas every year. But that also means that Las Vegas sees millions of people who aren’t familiar with their surroundings. Paired with alcohol, partying and sight-seeing, a Las Vegas tourist behind the wheel of a car can be risky.

As a parent, it can be scary to know that there are potentially dangerous drivers out there. You want to make sure that no matter what happens, your children stay safe in the backseat of your car. So, here are just three important reminders that can help you keep your kids safe while driving.

1. Use the right car seat

Car seats and booster seats can greatly help reduce the risk of injury in the event of a car accident. But in order to be effective, you have to make sure you’re using the correct one for your child’s height and weight. And while you may be an avid car seat advocate, life can get busy, and you may not realize your child has outgrown their current one.

Always make sure to check what stage your child is in so that you can ensure they are riding as safely as possible.

2. Don’t let children ride in the front seat

It’s never wise to let a young or small child ride in the front passenger seat, even if it’s only for a short trip and even if they’re in a car seat or booster seat. Children and small pre-teens are at a much bigger risk of injury when they sit in the passenger seat. Not only are they more likely to get hurt in a major accident, but also from an airbag. Airbags can deploy even in minor crashes, and they can seriously injure smaller children.

Make sure your kids remain in the back seat until they are heavy and tall enough to sit upfront.

3. Reinforce seatbelt use

In the middle of a tantrum or stubborn streak, it can be difficult to make kids keep their seatbelts on. But when a child removes their seatbelt during a car ride, they greatly increase their risk of injury. Make sure you remind your children how to properly wear a seatbelt.

If you’re having trouble with this, consider offering your child a reward for safe seatbelt use during a car ride.

Make your children’s safety a priority

These reminders can help keep your children safe while you drive. However, in the unfortunate event that you do get into a car accident in Las Vegas, you may be able to hold the responsible driver accountable for their negligent driving. Don’t hesitate to protect yourself and your children by exploring all legal options.