Motor vehicle accidents cause the death of multiple children every year. Therefore, you must be more cautious when you are driving in the company of your kids. According to the 2016 statistics, 128,000 children sustained critical injuries due to car accidents while 723 other children died. Go on reading here to learn some smart tips of avoiding these accidents when driving with children.
Start by avoiding distractions. You probably know the risks involved with using cell phones when driving or taking the drive-through roads. Nevertheless, it is essential that you let your children understand the importance of avoiding commenting on issues, talking to you, asking questions, and talking too much as your guard might be lowered. The best way to keep your children busy until you reach the destination is giving them a notebook and a pen that they can record the questions and comments they wanted you to address.
Second, avoid driving while you are tired. Scientific studies show that your depth perception, skills, reaction time, and reasoning is very slow when you are tired. In case you must drive, ask for assistance from relatives. Inform your relatives that you need a designated driver as you do not want to drive your children when feeling tired. Be assured that your relatives will gladly drive you to their destination or even give you a free ride.
Third, ensure your car is well maintained. Consider taking the vehicle to your mechanic on a monthly basis so the experts can check if it has something that requires being corrected. Professional mechanics are at a better position to detect a problem in your car before you do. Ensure your car is corrected on time to avoid an accident or an impromptu breakdown that might leave you stranded on the road.
Fourth, remember to drive safely. Although you might be careful, the drivers around you might be carefree. In case you realize there is a reckless driver in front of you, slow down to let the car go ahead. In the worst case scenario, consider changing your direction of travel to protect your family from a reckless driver.
Fifthly, always leave an over two-second stop gap between you and the driver in front. The 2-second gap will allow you to stop in time in case of an emergency. The duration will help ensure that you can stop on time without causing a rear-end collision.
Finally, ensure all sides are clear before entering an intersection. You may have a green light or the right of way, but some distracted drivers may not observe these factors. It is advisable that you arrive at your destination late than in an ambulance.