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How to drive safe with kids in the car

If you are a parent in Missouri, you may already know how distracting it can be to drive with kids in the car. Kids present a variety of situations which make safety an issue, so it is important to follow certain tips and advice to make sure you are fully present while driving.

According to Parents, there are many distractions that occur when you drive with children in the vehicle. Some include

  • Reaching in the back to retrieve a fallen toy or to hand out food or drink 
  • Looking frequently at the back seat to check on the kids
  • Soothing a crying baby
  • Turning on a video for the kids to watch 

Along with these distractions, parents, especially mothers, are functioning on very little sleep which makes them less focused and attentive. All this contributes to the fact that accident rates of parents are 33% higher than the general population. 

One way to change this is to do your best to make it a priority to focus on driving, even if that means your child has to wait to have a drink of water or get a toy back. The best way to deal with issues in the back is to pull over into a parking lot or the side of the road so you can deal with your kids' needs in a safe spot.

Parents recommends you should leave your cellphone in the back seat, and Science Daily discusses the issues cellphones present. About half of parents talk on their phone while driving and around 33% read text messages. Another alarming 13% uses social media while driving. Not only do these activities contribute to crashes, but studies show a correlation between cellphone use and other risky behaviors such as lack of seatbelt use and driving under the influence.

 

 

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