Driving an automobile becomes so automatic after a while, it’s easy to let safety fall through the cracks. But even if you’ve never been in an accident before, you shouldn’t lull yourself into a false sense of security, failing to carry out basic safety precautions that could save your own life, or those of your passengers, in a collision. These car safety tips can lower your risk of getting in an accident and allow you to manage small emergencies like a flat tire.

Wear your seat belt properly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 15,000 lives are saved every year because drivers and passengers are wearing seat belts when they get into an auto body repair kingston accident. Seat belts keep the vehicle’s occupants in the vehicle during a collision, control the strongest parts of the body, spread out pressure from the crash, protect the brain and spinal cord and assist the body to slow down after effect, reducing injuries.

In order for a seat belt to be effective, however, it must be worn properly. Make certain that the shoulder belt rests across your chest and shoulders never across your neck. Don’t put the seat belt under your arms or behind your back. The lap belt should fit snugly over the hips. Seat belt extenders can be purchased for larger-sized drivers and passengers that maintain security while increasing comfort.

 Make sure that car seats and boosters are properly installed.

Children and babies need special protection in the car to prevent serious injuries and fatalities in an auto collision. The N.H.T.S.A. recommends that children be firmly buckled into a car seat that’s appropriate for the child’s age, height and weight. From birth to 12 months, babies should always ride in a rear-facing vehicle seat; children aged 1-3 years must remain rear-facing until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by car seat manufacturers. From ages 4-7 years, children should be strapped into a forward-facing car seat with a harness until they outgrow it, and then move up to a booster seat until they are grown enough to safely use an adult seat belt. Keep kids in the backseat at least through age 12.

Always consult with the collision centre edmonton car seat manufacturer’s instructions to install a car seat, or even better, have it properly installed at your neighborhood fire station. You can find additional child car seat inspection stations at the N.H.T.S.A. site.