How can I keep my children safer during a drive?

Did you know there were more than 133,000 people injured or killed as a result of road accidents in the year ending June 2023? The roads remain perilous for drivers with accidents appearing around almost every corner. 

The number of registered vehicles has now reached over 41 million in the UK, meaning more cars than ever are on the roads. This will only increase the chances of collisions, so knowing how to avoid them is vital – especially if you’re travelling with a young family. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep your children safer when you’re driving them around and our guide will take a look at some of them. Plus, we’ll look at what you can do if you’re, unfortunately, involved in a collision with them. Continue reading to find out more. 

Safer family driving practices

There’s plenty to do before and during your road trips to make the journey safer for you and the kids. Some of the best safety practices include: 

Pre-departure car checks 

You should be confident that your car is working as it should before you set off. There are plenty of components that could put you in danger, so we recommend checking the following before departure: 

  • Tyre pressure and tread depths
  • Fluid levels 
  • Lights
  • Brakes

Proper driving technique 

Lazy driving can put you in danger, so driving as you were taught when learning is a must. Try to keep two hands on the wheel for total control, stick to speed limits and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. 

Minimise distractions 

Distractions are a leading cause of accidents and there can be plenty when driving with kids. Try to keep them entertained, so they aren’t constantly trying to get your attention. 

Other ways to minimise distraction include staying off your mobile and only using your infotainment system for directions to your destination.

Avoiding peak traffic times

Sometimes accidents are caused by other reckless drivers, which won’t be your fault. You can reduce the chance of this happening by travelling outside of peak times. With fewer cars on the road, the chances of an accident should be lower.

What should I do if I’m involved in a car accident with my children? 

While we hope our driving tips should keep you and the kids safe, you can still be involved in an incident that wasn’t your fault. If this does happen, here’s what you can do to deal with it:  

  • Seek immediate medical attention for you and the kids 
  • Exchange information with the other driver
  • Take photos of the car if it’s safe to do so
  • Consider speaking to car accident claim solicitors to get you the compensation you may be entitled to
  • Ensure everyone has enough time to recover from the injury
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