How to Ensure the Safety of Your Passengers: Advice From blog: How to Ensure the Safety of Your Passengers: Advice From

Driving is a big responsibility and it becomes an even bigger responsibility with passengers in the vehicle.  Drivers have the responsibility of their lives and their passengers’ lives, and will need to ensure the vehicle is safe for all. While in the vehicle, passengers will need to wear their seat belts and adjust head restraints to fit comfortably and to work properly in the case of an accident. Cars come stocked with various safety features already, and occupants just need to ensure they work properly and are used preventatively. The team suggests drivers check that everyone in the vehicle is following proper safety measures before turning on the vehicle. Car owners should also take the car for regular maintenance to prevent the car from breaking down or malfunctioning unexpectedly. Find more information below about being safe while occupying a vehicle.

Seat Belts

Seat belts are common in most cars, and have been known to save lives every day. The seat belt will lock in place automatically when the car makes a sudden stop. It will not lock when the car is moving normally. The team suggests drivers and passengers wear seatbelts in every car they enter – at all times. Seatbelts only work when they are positioned and used properly. Seat belts will need to be adjusted upon entering a car. The seat belt needs to hug your body and not be loose, because this can cause injury from being thrown around the car during an accident.

The lap belt needs to be across the upper thighs, and the diagonal belt will be positioned across our chest. In a collision, the force will be distributed on the strongest parts of your body: the upper chest and the pelvis. Do not slip the diagonal belt behind you, because you will be susceptible to being thrown forward against the dashboard or the steering wheel. The seat belt is the most important safety feature in a car, because it prevents occupants from being ejected from a vehicle or sustaining internal injuries.

Air Bags

Working in conjunction with seat belts, air bags save lives by providing a cushion upon impact. reminds you that air bags don’t prevent occupants from being thrown from vehicles. The air bag – when deployed – provides a cushion between the steering wheel, the dashboard and the windows and the occupant. Air bags are required in all vehicles, but are found on different parts of each vehicle. There are side, front and seat air bags. Children 12 years of age and under will need to ride in the backseat as the front air bags can be fatal.

Head Restraints

Neck injuries are the most reported complaints from accidents. This can be easily prevented by adjusting the head restraint as you would a seat belt when occupying a vehicle. Check the head restraint and ensure the seat is in a comfortable position, and that the head restraint reaches the top of your head. Some cars are not equipped with positional head restraints, and occupants can only adjust the heights and positions of the seat.

Child Passenger Safety

Children will need to stay in back seats and use appropriate car seats until 13 years of age. During the first year of life until age 2, children should stay in rear-facing car seats. Then they will need forward-facing seats until 7 years of age. Between 8 and 12 years of age, children can use booster seats. Parents will need to ensure the seats are appropriate for their heights and weights, which can change the type of seat they will use. The team encourages drivers to research seats that grow with their children.