Whether you’re on the back of a bicycle, in a car with your child, or riding on a motorcycle with a buddy, you always want to keep yourself and your passengers as safe as possible. We all know that cars are much safer now than they were just a few decades ago, but unfortunately, no amount of technology can stop accidents from happening from time to time.

There are many reasons why adults drive unsafely, but one of the most common among young drivers is  distraction. It can be difficult to stay focused on driving when you’re driving with friends, on the phone, or listening to music, but you must control your impulse to reach for your phone or music player. This isn’t just dangerous. It also puts you at risk for an accident, so it’s important to learn how to keep your kids safe on the road. Here are some tips on how to Keeping Your Kids Safe When Driving

  • Make sure to Activate the Child Safety Locks

Lying about having a child safety lock installed on your car can seem like a harmless prank — until you hit the road and realize you can’t get into your car to drive to work. These cheap and easily installed devices sit under the driver’s side seat and activate when the car is unlocked. They can prevent your child from starting the car or locking your car doors, and they can prevent your child from exploring the car while you’re at work.

  • Make sure to Buckle Up

It’s a popular myth that no one gets in a crash when they buckle up. When it comes to children in the car, the safest place for them to be is in a child restraint. When a crash does occur, however, statistics show that the chances of a child being hurt are less when they are in restraint and more in a car with an unrestrained child in a crash.

  • Make sure to Keep the Car Locked

Keeping the car locked is the most basic of car security measures and one of the most important. We all know it, but we rarely do anything about it, and this is a huge problem. It is so simple that most of us do not even bother to remember it.

  • Always check the Back Seat

At the end of the day, you’re driving your kids to school or practice, or maybe to the store or to be dropped off at their friend’s homes. The last thing you want to do is be worried about them getting into a dangerous situation. It’s a great feeling to drive a family car that will keep them safe. Cars have a lot of features that have been designed to keep you and your family safe on the road.

  • Don’t Leave Your Children Unattended

Unattended children can do everything from getting kidnapped to get the flu to getting abducted by a pedophile or worse, so it’s important to take precautions when leaving children alone. A huge concern is the danger of a child choking on a piece of food while you’re driving. As you look for a babysitter, you may be shocked to learn that a child’s health and safety can be compromised when a sitter is left alone while a parent uses a cell phone. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, texting while driving is a proven fault. Drivers who dial a short message while operating a vehicle have a five times higher chance of getting into an accident than those who do not read or write while behind the wheel. In addition, texting while driving can be a distraction that causes drivers to take their eyes off the road, dramatically increasing the risk of accidents.

The number of motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries has declined over the past decade because of improvements in vehicle safety and driver education and, in part, because of a drop in the number of miles traveled by Americans. However, when children are injured or killed in car accidents, parents and grandparents can feel helpless when they learn that drivers who were responsible under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or distracted by cell phones. Driving is a great way to get work done, but it can also be a dangerous activity, leaving you with the responsibility of ensuring your children are safe. If you are driving, whether with your children or your friends, there are certain driving skills, knowledge, and safety practices to follow.