Maybe you’re a new parent, grandparent, nanny, or babysitter – but you’re not exactly used to driving with kids in your Clermont Toyota. It takes a bit of an adjustment to get used to driving around with babies, toddlers, and children in the back of your Clermont Toyota. While you’re making this adjustment, it’s important to learn and refresh yourself on safe driving tips. Safe driving techniques get kicked up a notch when you’ve got precious cargo in the backseat!
Prep Your Clermont Toyota
Before you get out on the road with little ones in your car, it’s crucial that they are safely buckled in. When it comes to putting children in the car safely, you need a child car seat. Finding the right car seat for a child depends on their age, weight, and height. There are three types of child car seats:
Once you’ve found the right car seat for your tiny passenger, the next step is to have it installed correctly! Securely installing a child car seat will help ensure that they will stay safe in case of any accident or collision. Every new car seat comes with directions on how to install the seat correctly and safely. However, if you’re unsure of how well you’ve installed the car seat, you can bring it to your local fire department or police department, where they will check it or install in correctly for you!
Safe Driving With Kids
Once you’ve got the kids safely buckled up in their proper car seats and you’re buckled up yourself, it’s time to start paying close attention to your surroundings and staying fully alert. When practicing safe driving with kids, remember:
- Do not drive distracted. Avoid distracted driving by putting distractions, like cell phones, out of reach.
- Obey the speed limit. Do not speed!
- Use turn indicators. Signal when you’re turning or changing lanes.
- Use defensive driving. Keep space between your Clermont Toyota and the car in front of you.
When you’re running errands with kids in the car, remember to NEVER leave a child unattended in the car. If you’re going to run into the store, even for just a minute, remove the child from the car seat and take them with you. Leaving a child unattended in the car is dangerous. If you’re not accustomed to having a child or baby in your backseat, leave a reminder so you don’t forget they are back there. Place one of their toys on your lap or put one of your shoes in the back seat so that way to have to check the back seat before getting out of the vehicle.
If you’re unloading groceries into your Clermont Toyota or running back into the house to grab something you forgot, don’t leave your child standing or sitting by themselves outside of the car. Have someone supervise them while they wait, or place them into the car seat so they cannot wander off. Know where your child is at all times!
For more tips on safe driving with child passengers, stop by Toyota of Clermont at 16851 State Road 50!