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If your plans are to buy a new or used car, you should take into account not only the price, model, year or what condition it is in, if it is a used car. Something fundamental and important that we tend to overlook is car safety.

Take your time and before making the payment do a test drive, preferably at night to verify the visibility provided by lights, test if the seat belts are working properly and if they are in good condition, check the condition of the headrests, windshields and mirrors.

In this article we will give you some safety tips in the car that you can take into account when driving, useful for you, your passengers, pedestrians and other drivers.

Car Safety for Pregnant Women

When you are pregnant and have to drive or be a passenger, certain questions and concerns always arise regarding your safety and that of your unborn baby. We offer you some answers to those possible questions you may have, some valid also for non-pregnant people, since the safety of the vehicle is the same in both circumstances.

Should I wear a seat belt while pregnant ?

Yes, you must wear a seat belt while pregnant, seat belts are the best protection for you and your unborn baby at the time of a car accident, 4 out of 5 babies in gestation period die in traffic accidents, because the mother did not wear a seat belt.

What is the correct way to wear a seat belt during pregnancy ?

You should use both the lap belt and the shoulder strap. Never place the lap belt on the belly. Position it under the belly to fit your hips and place it between your breasts, away from the neck; then pull the belt to adjust it. Don’t put the shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back.

Do I still need a seat belt if the vehicle has airbags ?

Yes, you still need the seat belt, this prevents you from being shot out of the car windshield or hitting the air bag squarely in the event of a collision.

How should I adjust my seat ?

The car seat should be as far back as possible, your chest should be at least 10 inches or 25.4 centimeters away from the steering wheel or dash, whether you are the driver or the co-pilot.

What else should I do to stay safe while driving ?

Stay tuned and focused on driving. Do not be distracted, that means not using the mobile to talk, read or send text messages, do not eat or feed children.

Avoid combing and grooming while you are behind the wheel, giving toys to children, changing the music, looking at the GPS screen and especially consuming alcohol or other drugs or traveling with a driver who has consumed.

Car Safety for Babies and Children

Traveling with a baby or child in the car always means being twice as careful behind the wheel. Everyone, babies, children, adolescents and adults should always wear a seat belt properly adjusted and appropriate to the age and size of the person.

There are regulations governing which car seats infants and children need based on their age and size when traveling in cars. These rules vary according to the country where you are, find out.

Child safety seats in the car are also known as child restraint systems (CRS) and their use is mandatory in many countries for children whose height is below 60 inches or 150 centimeters.

Safety seats should always be installed in the rear seats, unless the car does not have them. In that situation can be placed in the passenger seat, the air bag must be uninstalled. For children under 4 years of age, the seats must go in the opposite direction of the car’s travel.

Secure the anchors properly

When you buy a baby safety seat make sure it fits perfectly in your car. Use the safety seat until it is suitable for your child, do not change it before because it would no longer be safe for the child. Remember that these safety seats are used by age, size or weight of kids. We also recommend that you identify your car with a Baby on Board sign.

Car Safety: Use the Dog Belt

The safety of your dog is also important when taking out for a ride in the car. Unfortunately the cars have not been designed until now to provide security for your dog.

But do not worry, there are accessories on the market, such as special harnesses or dog belts, that are attached to the safety belts of your car and make the trip safe for your dog, with this system you also ensures that the dog does not stick its head out of the car window.

Although we know how much dogs love to stick their heads out of car windows, we are not aware of how dangerous this can be for them, they can be hit by an object or they could even jump out the window.

We’ll give you six tips for when taking your dog on long car trips.

  1. Start with short trips and keep increasing the time, so that it get used to it, there are dogs that get dizzy in the car.
  2. Feed it at least three hours before the trip and don’t feed it while driving.
  3. Schedule many stops, so the dog stretch the legs, go to the bathroom, and burn off some energy.
  4. Avoid giving her treats when the car is running because can choke on movement.
  5. Keep the car well ventilated or the air conditioning on, as cars can get very hot inside.
  6. Do not let the dog stick it head out the window, his eyes can get dry and this is not good for them.

Car Safety Devices

Some car security systems can be very expensive, but it would be more expensive to have to replace the car. Below we will recommend some security systems and give you some tips to prevent your car from being stolen, which will save you money in the long run.

Don’t forget to close your car

Although it may seem obvious, the easiest way to prevent your car from being stolen is to make sure to properly close its doors and windows at all times, even if it is parked in your home garage. This certainly would not stop thieves but would make it difficult for them to steal the car or the contents inside.

Do not leave the car’s engine running or the keys in the ignition. Don’t leave spare keys anywhere in the car, either.

Think carefully about where to park

Avoid parking the car in dark or dimly lit and lonely places. Look for well-lit and visible places, if possible with security cameras. Install surveillance cameras in visible places in your home to deter thieves.

Install an additional security lock

Locking devices such as foot pedal, steering wheel or gear lever lock are not expensive and the thief upon seeing some of the locking systems will prefer to bypass your car as it would make it tremendously difficult for the driving.

The disadvantages of using these devices is that every time you use the car you will have to remove it and replace it, this can eventually tire you and you could possibly stop using them.

Prevents the car from starting

Install a shutdown switch in your car, these devices are installed by professionals and their function is to interrupt the electrical ignition or fuel system. The off switch can be disabled with a key, a code or with a switch otherwise the car will not start.

Use a GPS car tracking system

Sometimes by more precautions that we have, thieves can achieve their goal of stealing the car. If your car is stolen, the best option to recover it is the GPS tracking system or electronic tracking. Unfortunately it is one of the most expensive options but it offers a high recovery percentage. Some of these systems work with police systems.

Passive Safety in the Car

The elements involved in the passive safety of a car have a fundamental role in the safety of the driver and the passengers who ride in it. They allow minimizing the impact and damages that occur in a traffic accident as well as its consequences. We will mention some elements that are part of the passive security system.

Among them we find the barrier for the interior of the boot or cargo area, the correct positioning of the fuel tank that reduces the possibility of damage in a collision, the deformation zones, effective to reduce the impact in an accident.

Passenger safety cells, seat belts, belt bags and air bags, laminated glass, the fuel pump shut-off switch, and the pedestrian protection electrical system known by the acronym EPP, are other elements that make up the passive safety of the car.

Active Safety Elements in Vehicles

The active safety of the vehicle is the set of all the elements that serve to give it greater stability when it is running, minimizing the risk of accidents, that is, they are effective elements that are activated before an accident occurs, avoiding it.

Some manufacturers also call it the Primary Security System. It includes features like road holding, visibility, comfort, handling and ergonomics.

Some of the elements that make up passive safety are: collision warning, readable instrumentation and warning symbols, reduced unsprung weight, anti-lock brake system, brake assist, low noise level inside, driver’s seat positioning for allow better visibility.

Chassis assistance, traction control, intelligent speed adaptation, manual or automatic cruise control system, early warning of hard braking, electronic stability control, better grip of the tires, balance and handling of the chassis, among others.

Car manufacturers for years have invested time, money and technology to make them increasingly safer for drivers and passengers.

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