Giving up your sport car for a family car or finding the right car for your growing family can be overwhelming. Keeping your family safe in the car is one of the most important responsibilities of a parent. If you’re making a car purchase as a first-time parent, you may want to consider some of the following car safety and child-specific car safety features:
- Check crash test ratings.
- Consider a sedan.
- Reliability matters as much as safety.
- Maximize space and fuel economy.
- Invest in family-friendly car features for children.
- Test before you buy.
- Be smart about costs.
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Three family-safe items to consider are a conversation mirror, booster seats and an app to assist in purchasing the right car seats.
Conversation Mirror. You want to keep your eye on your kids, but you also need to keep your eyes on the road. Turning around to talk to your kids or see what they’re doing puts your family at risk. Conversation mirrors help reduce that risk.
Booster Seats. You know your babies and toddlers need to be in car seats, and state law probably require it. To keep your kids safe when they outgrow their car seats, make sure they use a booster seat, even if it’s not required by law. Keep kids in booster seats until they are 12 years old or big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. A booster seat helps line your child’s body up with the seat belt, which allows the seat belt to properly protect the child in an accident. Without a booster, many seat belts won’t hit kids in the right place.
Itunes App. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed an app, for iphone and ipad, that assists parents in purchasing the best car seat for their child. This app is available on itunes for $1.99 and provides expert advice from the AAP on selecting the right car seat and safe installation.
This easy-to-use app makes it possible to quickly learn what car seat is right for your child based on
- Size Limits
The app also provides:
- Installation Instruction Videos
- Audio Clips
- Articles on Seat Safety
- Connection to Product Recalls
- FAQ on Travel and Shopping
We encourage you to pick up the phone and call today to schedule a free, 30-minute, no-obligation estimate for collision repair or vehicle restoration: (805) 466-2446 in Atascadero and (805) 239-8752 in Paso Robles. Our friendly customer care staff is available to discuss repairs for your vehicle, answer your questions and talk about how we can help you.