Improving passenger safety should be a priority for every driver. After all, that is what cars are designed to do: transport people and goods quickly, efficiently and most importantly safely. Accidents happen, and that may be unavoidable. However, there are some simple steps that every drive can take not only to avoid collisions but also to minimize the potential for injury should an accident happen. Here are some important steps that every driver can take to maximize their passenger’s safety. Safety is everyone’s job; who knows? The life you save may be your own.
Modern cars are now equipped with advanced, comprehensive safety features to protect the health and lives of their passengers in case of a collision. However it’s important to make sure that you’re using these features correctly all the time. The single most important thing that you can do to ensure the safety of everyone in the car is to make sure that all passengers are wearing their safety belts whenever the vehicle is in motion. You should also make sure that other passive safety features of the car are active and working properly. This includes airbags—have your vehicle’s dealership perform a check of all the safety systems installed on the car to make sure that they are functioning correctly.
Making sure that your children are properly protected is every parent’s responsibility. Children under 10 years of age should never ride without a special seat designed to maximize their safety in a collision. Any child who is using a booster seat should never be allowed to sit in the front passenger seat. Remember, the back seat is always the safest place for children. Children sitting in the front seat are vulnerable to injury from the airbag systems, which are designed to protect adults and may injure children if they are activated. It’s also important to make sure that you take other measures to protect children, like making sure that they aren’t playing with toys that are hard or sharp which may injure them in case of an accident or sudden stop.
Any loose objects in the car can become a dangerous missile if the car is involved in a collision. This includes aftermarket speaker systems. Speaker boxes (even those installed in the trunk) should always be properly secured. There have been many cases of serious injuries caused by speaker boxes or other objects hitting passenger in a collision. For that reason, you should always be careful of what you carry in your vehicle. Especially heavy or large objects are the most dangerous and you should exercise extra caution when transporting them. You should always avoid carrying cargo in the passenger cabin whenever possible. That’s what the trunk is for; although it doesn’t provide complete protection, it’s much safer to carry cargo there.
The easiest way to maximize the safety of your passengers is to be an attentive driver. By practicing good driving habits you’re more likely to avoid accidents altogether, which means that your safety systems may never have to do their jobs. To brush up on your safe driving skills, try signing up for a defensive driving or driver education course.