Why is it important to wear a seat belt when I travel during pregnancy?
Although the baby is protected inside your body, you should wear a lap and shoulder belt every time you travel while you are pregnant for the best protection—even in the final weeks of pregnancy. You and your baby are much more likely to survive a car crash if you are buckled in.
How should I wear a seat belt while I am pregnant?
When wearing a seat belt, follow these rules:
What should I know about air bags when I travel in a car?
Follow these tips if your car has air bags:
Are there laws regarding child safety seats while riding in a car?
All 50 states have laws requiring the use of child safety seats for infants and children at different ages. In 48 states, there are laws requiring the use of booster seats for children who have outgrown their safety seats. Go to https://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/childsafety_laws.html to find out the laws for your state. In most states, you can be stopped for a child seat violation as the only reason.
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If I am pregnant, when should I buy a car seat for my baby?
You cannot take your newborn home from the hospital without a car seat. Plan to have the car seat at least 3 weeks before your due date so you will have time to install it correctly and learn how to buckle the baby in safely.
Where should child car seats be installed in the car?
All car seats for children should be used in the back seat of the car—never in the front seat. Air bags in the front seat can cause serious injury to children. Until they reach age 13 years, children should always ride in the back seat.
What types of car seats are available for infants, toddlers, and school-aged children?
What should I keep in mind when choosing a car seat?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers parents a five-star rating system on its web site (https://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa_eou) based on how easy certain car seats are to use.
What should I know if I am considering buying a used car seat?
Do not buy a used car seat if you know it has been in a car crash. Also, used car seats may be missing parts or instructions. Avoid a used car seat that looks old or worn or is missing labels with the model number and maker’s name. Keep in mind that car seats have expiration dates. You can check the expiration date for any car seat on the maker’s web site.
What do I need to do after I buy a car seat?
After you buy the seat, register it with the maker using the card that comes with the seat, or register it online with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/register/childseat/index.cfm. Registering your car seat allows you to get updates and recall notices. You can take your car and the seat to a car seat inspection station. These stations can check whether your car seat is installed correctly after you have installed it yourself.
What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving means doing something else while driving that takes your hands off the steering wheel or your eyes or mind off the road:
Parents who are distracted while driving with children in the car are more likely to be in a crash. Wait to send a text or make a call until your car is parked.