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5 Tips for Safely Driving with Young Children

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Being a parent isn’t easy. Having young children with you all the time makes even the simplest of daily tasks more complicated because you have to navigate doing that task while keeping your children safe. Driving is a prime example of an already dangerous activity that could put your life at risk at any time. With your children in the car, driving can feel even more risky. Not only do you have to focus on the road, but you also have to focus on your children and keeping them well-behaved and safe.

When you have your children in the car, you want to be as safe as possible. If you’ve been in a car accident that resulted in injuries and damages to you and your family but it wasn’t your fault, then you could use the help of a car accident lawyer in Philadelphia from Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco. We’ll be able to help you recover compensation from the negligent driver who hurt you and your children.

Here are some tips to keep you and your children safe when you’re driving on the roads in Pennsylvania and everywhere.

Leave Early

When you’re driving alone to a destination, leaving early is always helpful because it keeps you from rushing. When children are involved, leaving early is even more important because you never know when they’ll need to stop.

Leaving early also allows you plenty of time to get there while driving safely. When you’re running late, you might feel like you need to rush and speed, which is unsafe for everyone in the car. When you have ample time to get to your destination, you can go the speed limit and drive as carefully as possible with your young children in the car.

Prepare Distractions for the Kids

To keep your kids from asking you questions, throwing tantrums, or distracting you, you can prepare distractions for them along the way. Snacks, toys, and movies can all come in handy in the car and keep their attention away from you and how long the ride is taking.

Play Music

When you’re not playing a movie, playing music in the car for you and the kids to listen to can help keep the kids at ease. Of course, if the music is too loud it can become a distraction from the road, but if played at the right volume, the music can keep your children occupied. Even if it’s music that you don’t necessarily like, if it’s what your child likes to listen to, you could have a much easier time behind the wheel.

Plan Breaks

When you have a baby or toddler in the car, you know that they can’t handle long road trips. Before you leave, you should always make sure that your child or children have gone to the bathroom, but you never know when they might have to go again while you’re in the car.

If you need to run errands, make sure you plan breaks accordingly so that you can stop and take care of your child’s needs in between longer periods of driving. If you’re not making short trips and you’re driving a long distance, you should still plan breaks.

Before getting on the road, make sure to research rest stops so that you know where you can stop to take bathroom breaks, find snacks if you run out, or stop to run around and play safely.

Bring a Bucket

No matter how much you prepare for your drive with young children in the car, the unexpected could still happen. Having a bucket on hand will keep you prepared for the worst-case scenario if your child suddenly feels sick, gets motion sickness, or just ate too much on the car ride. Even though you may never need the bucket, you’ll be thankful you have it in the off-chance you ever might need it.

Our Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You

At Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco, we understand that the safety of your young children is always your first priority. That’s why a car accident that wasn’t your fault can be so devastating—even after you prepared and did everything you could to keep them safe, you still ended up in a situation that caused injuries and damages.

With the help of a car accident lawyer from our law firm, you can have peace of mind knowing that we will fully investigate what happened to hold the responsible party accountable for what they did. We’ll compile all the evidence of your injuries and other damages to calculate exactly what you’re owed and keep you from settling for less than you deserve.

After an accident, you’ll likely want to focus on supporting your family and healing. Reach out to us so that we can get started and handle the legal side of things for you.

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