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Ride safe with your kids: 7 Reasons you should get them booster car seats

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Your once little children will have to get out into the world at some point in their lives. As their parent, it is your responsibility to keep their journey safe and sound while they’re growing up. One such task that ensures your child’s safety is getting them the proper child car seats and restraint systems appropriate to their build.

Booster car seats are safety seats built to make everyday rides smoother and safer for your little ones. If you are a busy bee looking to bring your children to work or you simply want to travel, they are an investment worth every penny.

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But what exactly are the reasons to get one for your kids? Well, here are seven reasons why you should get them booster car seats:

Safer rides

Safety—that is the primary aim of booster car seats. With their small build, your children need a restraint system to keep them in place as the car runs. So shop and pick the best kids booster car seat today to protect your little ones! But how precisely do the seats guarantee safer rides?

Booster car seats lift the seating position of your children so that the seat belts perfectly fit across their upper chest. With little kids, chances are they are still too short and that the seat belts can rest on their neck instead. Ordinary seatbelts can also be too loose for kids making it more of a hazard than a safety feature during a car crash.

Age, weight, and height

Generally, there are age, weight, and height regulations in getting the proper booster car seats. Laws regarding such also differ by state. Most legislation recommends parents of children aged eight to twelve years old get them a booster seat.

But not all children match the presumed weight and height for their age, so both are also critical factors in determining whether they still need a boost. On average, children standing 4’9–4’11 feet tall still need a booster seat, and those weighing forty to sixty pounds as well. Nevertheless, always study the seat specifications to ensure that you are getting a perfect fit!

Lesser risks of injuries

Science has found that booster car seats lessen the risks of injuries during a crash by 59%. Further research has even noted that the high-back type has a greater risk reduction of 79%. But what exactly are the kinds of injuries avoided after getting a booster seat?

Getting the proper booster car seat minimizes grave injuries to the head, neck, and spine. It includes brain contusions, trauma, whiplash, and paralysis. Simply speaking, the right boost lessens the death rate of children from car collisions.

Child car seat laws

Several states have signed child safety seats into law, given their importance in road safety and injury risk reduction. It includes getting your little ones the most suitable boosters to appropriately position them into the car seat.

Wherever you go, buckling up has always been a strict law. But the capacity of regular vehicle seats does not allow for the optimum safety of children since they are too small for the seat belts to fit properly. And that is why it is a rule to take extra steps and get booster seats!

Seat belts aren’t enough

As previously mentioned, seat belts tend not to be appropriately positioned due to the tiny build of children. Indeed, they are not enough to ensure kids’ safety and only subject them to more harm. So better get your little ones more protective booster car seats now.

According to a pediatrics study, 20% of children who met their death in a car crash wore seat belts improperly or were not restrained entirely. Furthermore, research also found that unfit restraint systems even cause abdominal injuries and seat belt syndrome.

Front seats are dangerous

An airbag designed to protect the front passenger will go off in the event of a collision. It would make one think that putting their children in the front seat is safer and more effective. That belief is unequivocally false and dangerous for your children!

Only an adult at least five feet tall and one-hundred-fifty pounds can take the force of an airbag when it deploys. Since children are much smaller and have lighter frames, they’re more likely to suffer more injuries from the airbag itself. So put them in the back seat and get booster seats instead.

More comfortable road trips

Whether you want to buy backless, high-back, or combination booster seats, all types are designed for optimum safety and comfort. They have unique specifications geared toward more comfortable road trips for your little ones.

Backless is the more traditional booster seat, which functions similarly as a cushion to elevate your child’s position. Meanwhile, the high-back has back support plus side bolsters for the head. Finally, the combination type is essentially a high-back but with a five-point harness for added protection.

Final thoughts

Be proactive against possible collisions and equip your car with the best protective restraint systems now. Given the reasons discussed above, it is imperative to make a move today to ensure safer and smoother rides for your little ones—so get them booster car seats now!

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parent blog! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 80%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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