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Car Safety Tips

Car Safety Tips

When you’ve been driving for a while, it can be all too easy to fall into lazy habits. Waiting a bit too long to get your service done. Skipping out on getting that light on the dash sorted out. Perhaps not checking that the car seats are correctly fitted… an endless list maybe? Well, even if you have never been in an accident and in fact are an incredibly safe driver you still need to perform necessary safety checks on your vehicle. For example, how would you feel if your airbags didn’t deploy? Devastated.

So here are a few tips for you when it comes to car safety.

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Seatbelts

A correctly fitted seat belt will save your life most of the time. But the amount of people who don’t wear them correctly, or don’t fix twists in them is pretty high. The Traffic Highway Safety Administration says that 15,000 lives are saved each year just by a properly fitted seat belt. Don’t be tempted to tuck your seatbelt under your armpits, or avoid the crossbody strap. During a collision the seatbelt will spread to force across your body, protecting your vital organs and spinal cord.

Car Seat

Poorly fitted car seats can be deadly. If you haven’t read the manual, then you simply shouldn’t be driving with your children in the car. Each age range has a specially designed car seat that will be able to protect their bodies during an accident. They provide support and protection in a way that shouldn’t be underestimated. It is advised that children should remain rear-facing for as long as possible. There are height and weight limits that you should take into account to. If you are in doubt, then go to a specialist fitter.

Multitasking is Asking For Trouble

Sipping hot coffee, eating and hold the wheel with one hand, text, reaching in your bag… all of these things most people are guilty of. You are lucky that you haven’t had an accident due to this. Switch your phone notifications off, or active driving mode – so that you will not be disturbed and tempted to pick up your mobile phone. If you are hungry then pull over and eat, if you are thirsty then try to have a cup with a straw which requires less attention. If you feel distracted simply pull over when you can do so safely.

Bike Aware

Due to the speed and size of motorbikes, it is easy to miss them. If you are by a bike rider or cyclist, then make sure you give them enough room as your safely pass or provide them with enough room to move by you. When you are making turns, even on roads you know, you should ‘think twice, think bike’ and give a second look. Yes, this might frustrate drivers behind you, but it could be the reason you don’t hit a motorcyclist.

People Focus

More often than you would like to think, people will step out from behind cars, directly into the road. Be vigilant when you are in typically high foot traffic areas.

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Keep Them Safe and Sound: Take Charge of Your Child’s Health and Safety

Keep Them Safe and Sound: Take Charge of Your Child’s Health and Safety

When you become a parent, you become so aware of the dangers in the world. Things that you’d previously never given a second thought to can become a huge worry. Keeping your child safe is of course your number one priority. While as humans, we’re resilient creatures. Young children can easily become hurt or worse in the blink of an eye. Keeping an eye on their health and doing all you can to avoid accidents is crucial. Here are some of the ways you can go about it.

 

Take a course

Understanding health in general, especially children’s health can give you valuable knowledge that allows you to best look after your child. A nutrition course, a child psychology course or even first aid could be extremely useful. Studying for something like a neonatal nurse practitioner course would even allow you to take your career in this direction later on. These kinds of courses are fantastic for parents since you can study part time and from home. There’s plenty you can do right from the comfort of your home in your spare time, but would equip you with knowledge and skills that allows you to take care of your child’s health in the best possible way.

 

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Keep your wits about you

Freak accidents unfortunately can happen in the blink of an eye. You don’t want to become an anxious mess worrying about every eventuality, but you do need to keep your wits about you. When you’re out in public, make sure your child is firmly strapped into their pram or if they’re old enough to walk that they’re holding your hand. In the car, be aware of other drivers, and drive in the way in which you were taught. Proper mirror checks, the correct speed and the right procedures for maneuvers will all prevent accidents and injuries. Be aware of hazards in and around the home. Keep windows locked with a key, avoid blinds with a cord as they can cause strangulation. Cover over ponds and pools, and keep things like medicine and cleaning chemicals well out of reach. It can be useful to brush up on common hazards and then ensure you’re following advice to prevent them.

 

Don’t be afraid to call the doctor

People might think it’s silly to call the doctor over small symptoms. However, you know your child best, and if something doesn’t seem right then it’s better to be safe than sorry. Some severe illnesses start with relatively minor symptoms but progress quickly and so seeking medical advice is advised. It’s not to say you need to panic if something seems off, but do speak to your GP and gain advice even if it’s for your own peace of mind.

 

Your best bet is to be vigilant and careful, you don’t need to be constantly worrying, panicking and fearing the worst. But knowing what kinds of hazards and illnesses are out there and a risk, having systems in place to protect your child is no bad thing.

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