The Best Vehicle Safety Features For Kids
Every mom’s priority is the safety of her children. That’s why all mothers pay special attention when they take their kids for a ride in a car, since we see a lot of car accidents happening on the streets all the time, and children are particularly vulnerable road users. When a mother needs to decide what sort of car to buy, the first thing she asks about are the vehicle’s safety features. To a mother, a vehicle’s safety is more important than performance, fuel economy or design. Apart from the standard safety features included in new cars, there are a lot of devices and accessories that you can buy to improve a car’s safety even further.
It’s understandable that you want to keep an eye on your kids while driving, but turning around to see how they are doing every couple of minutes is a very unsafe practice. That’s why you have to find an alternative way to check up on the kids and make sure they are all right without having to turn your head around. A conversation mirror is a very good solution for that. It’s a convex mirror that you can attach to your car’s ceiling, near the rear-view mirror. With it, you have a good view of the backseat, where your kids are, whereas the rear-view mirror gives you a view of the road behind your car.
Lower Anchors and Tethers For Children (LATCH)
This is something that every mom would want to have in her car. It’s a system that helps you install a car seat more easily and secure it better. A LATCH system has anchors, in the shape of two metal bars and tethers, which allow you to attach a car seat to the car’s backseat without hooking it up to the seat belts. It’s a more practical and safer way to install a car seat. To install a car seat in a vehicle that is LATCH-equipped, you have to attach the seat’s top tether to the anchor behind the backseat, and fasten the lower attachments of the car seat to the lower anchors located on the backseat.
A rear-view camera is a pretty practical device that can gives you a very good view of the area behind your car. This can come in very handy when parallel parking and backing up. A rear-view camera eliminates the risks that are caused by blind spots, which is especially helpful when you are trying to leave your parking spot by backing up. It’s not uncommon for a kid to get injured by a car that is backing up because the rear-view and the side-view mirrors don’t provide the driver with a good view of the area right behind the car’s trunk, where kids often hide while playing on the driveway.
To sum up, there are lots of safety risks for kids riding in cars, so all mothers have to make sure their vehicles have all the necessary safety features that can eliminate those risks.
Jordan Perch is an active promoter of the new developments in the automotive industry. He is an author of many how-to articles related to safe driving, green cars, buying/selling vehicles, auto insurance etc., and he’s currently writing for DMV.com.