Keeping children safe around cars- Part 1

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The importance of keeping kids safe when around or in a car is a story we’ve all heard a thousand times. It may have even been covered in your driver’s education class. However, do you know exactly how to keep kids safe? Listed below are some tips and tricks on how.

  • Check Seat Belts – And Not Just for If They’re On.

The importance of wearing a seat belt is pretty well known, however, kids can suffer injuries in a wreck if their seat belt wraps around their head. This can happen from a child being mischievous and wrapping it themselves but can also happen by the child being strapped in wrong in the first place.

  • Back overs

Back overs are where a person is driven over by a car. This can happen with children because of how small they are and are hard to see (or sometimes impossible to see) in mirrors. According to the Motorist Assurance Program, 15,000 injuries are caused by back over crashes yearly. “Back-Up Cameras,” the cameras which are designed to display the rear view of a car when in reverse, usually cannot prevent these kinds of accidents because even they cannot see directly behind the rear wheels and bumper. The general rule of thumb is this – before driving off, walk around the car and check for anything or anyone.

A vehicle safety check can be done right here at Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill, NC.  If you need your vehicle or child safety seat checked stop by or give us a call at 704-545-4597 or for more car maintenance tips check out our blog at:

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