When adopting a child, your checklist of things to do is long. Being aware of the changes headed your way and their importance helps you prepare.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for children 3 to 14 years old, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Learn how to keep your children safe. As your children get older, discuss this topic and the benefits with them. That way they’ll be informed, when riding in the car with family and friends.

Laws vary by state. To play it safe (and legal), check your state’s driving laws for child passenger safety at AAA’s Digest of Motors laws for the U.S. and Canada. In Florida, the laws state:

  • Children ages 6 until 18 must be restrained in a child restraint or seat belt.
  • Children under age 6 are required to use a child restraint.
  • Violation of the child restraint law is a standard offense.

Also, the NHTSA makes these recommendations:

1. Where is the Safest Place to Sit?

Children under 13 should ride in the backseat for maximum safety.

2. What is Your Role?

Eliminate distractions. Focus on the road and put your cell phone away. You play a vital role in your child’s safety. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers.

3. Which Car Seat to Buy?

The Ultimate Car Seat Guide on SafeKids.org provides tips and information on buying the right car seats. This guide will also show you how to properly install a car seat, using it to get the most protection for your precious cargo.

4. Will it Budge?

Many local fire stations and some hospitals offer free car seat inspections. They will help you to ensure that your seat is correctly installed.

5. Why Research Before Buying a Car?

NHTSA offers online resources, such as their “Parent’s Guide To Playing it Safe With Kids and Cars” about today’s vehicle safety features. Their “Purchasing with Safety in Mind” contains crash test and rollover resistance information. Be informed and make a car buying decision with safety in mind.

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Author: Destiny Adoption Services

Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.