Thursday, 16 May 2019

6 Ways To Make Your Car Childproof

When on the road, car seats and seat belts are essential to keep children safe in vehicles. But what happens when the car is parked? Whether it's on your driveway or in a parking lot, there are things you can do to make your car safer for children. You have probably already done some childproof tests at home; Here are some simple ways to do the same for the car.

Don't leave the keys in the car

You may be surprised at how observant young children can be. With access to the car keys, they can discover how to start the car, unhook the brake, put the car in motion and you can imagine the disaster that could happen. The best way
to avoid this is to never leave the car keys accessible to a child, especially inside the car.

Secure the window locks

To prevent children from playing with the power window switches, most cars have a button near the controls of the driver's window that will block the windows. Not only does it save you the pain and distraction of yelling at you while you're trying to drive, but, more importantly, eliminates the danger of a child becoming entangled with fingers, arms, hair, etc., when it closes.

Use the rear door locks for children

All passenger vehicles with rear doors are equipped with switches inside the rear doors. When this switch is activated, the door can be opened from the outside, but not from inside. If your little baby can reach the door handle from the seat, using these locks is a must. Consult the specific instructions of your car. And try to prevent children from locking in the back seat while cleaning, installing car seats, etc. You can still get out of the front seat, but let's face it, for most of us that's going to be a bit tight.

Guard unused seat belts

Unused seat belts can pose a choking hazard to a small child. Fortunately, in most cars there is a simple solution for this danger. Simply buckle the unused belt and then pull it slowly out on the shoulder area. As you release the belt and retract, you will probably hear a click sound (this is called a "switchable lock retractor", if you want technical assistance). Gently pull the shoulder belt and now it should be tightly closed, eliminating the danger that it can be wrapped around anything or person.

Keep in mind that in certain vehicles, the belts may not lock in this way. Consult your car's manual for more information on how to lock or secure the unused seat belts in your specific vehicle.

Keep sharp or poisonous items.

As in the home, keep dangerous things out of the reach of children in the car. This could include scissors, tools, medications, cleaning products, cleaning fluid or motor oil. If you must store these items in your vehicle, store them in the glove compartment or in the trunk. For children who are old enough to understand, teach them to never touch those things, even if they are accessible.

Even if you have locked the safety belts and windows, remember not to leave the keys in the car, store dangerous objects and activate the locks on the doors of children, you should never leave the children in a car without supervision, nor even for a few minutes. Children could still turn off the parking brake (or it could fail) and send the car rolling down the street. There are several places in vehicles where a child could get stuck, trapped or injured. On warm days, the temperature inside the car can reach dangerously high levels very quickly, which represents a risk of hyperthermia and even death.

While it is not necessarily dangerous, it is also worth noting that letting your child walk unsupervised in the car can be quite inconvenient. Press all kinds of buttons, leave lights on that you may not notice and entertain with other settings in the car.

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