Things To Consider When Thinking About Family Car Safety

by Bruce Jopples

There are some things you should consider when thinking about family car safety. Some accidents can be avoided by maintaining a vehicle properly. Additionally, in the case an emergency does arise, it is a good idea to make sure that you are prepared in advance.

First and foremost, it is a good idea to keep the vehicle maintained according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Generally, fluids and filter should be checked about ever 3,000-5,000 miles. It is also important that the battery; as well as, the plugs, hoses and wires are checked occasionally to ensure that they are all in good condition. The horn, lights and signals should also remain in good working condition.

Maintaining the appropriate air pressure in the tires is also essential. The tires should also be rotated occasionally, and the treads checked at least once a month. Be sure to check all four tires, as the treads can vary in wear and tear. The brake fluid and brake pads should be checked regularly as well. It is imperative that worn tires and brake pads are changed as needed.

Although you may have been diligent in ensuring that your vehicle is safe to drive, there is always a possibility that an emergency may arise. With that being said, it is recommended that you have a spare tire, jack, and emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. Some items you may want to include are emergency flares, jumper cables, flashlights, and a first aid kit. You may also have some additional needs that are specific to your family. It is a good idea to plan ahead to ensure that you are prepared.

Although the laws vary by location, it is recommended that all passengers wear seat belts, and children remain properly restrained in child safety seats. Most motor vehicle agencies have information that outlines the requirements based on each child's age and weight. It is also imperative that child seats remain in good condition, and are replaced immediately if they are damaged.

It is not uncommon for an accident to occur simply because a driver is distracted. You should consider not performing tasks that may distract you from the road. Additionally, it may be wise to discuss with children, the type of behavior you expect in the vehicle, and why it is important that they follow those rules. The more aware they are of the potential dangers, the more likely it is that they will be more compliant.

It is important that you keep your vehicle maintenance as recommended by the manufacturer. Additionally, following the local laws and regulations can also help in keep your passengers safe. Consider discussing family car safety with children, so they will be more aware of the dangers that can be associated with inappropriate behavior. All of these can be factors in helping you focus on driving safely.

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