Travel via motor vehicle is a common part of life not just for a lot of adults, but many kids too. Whether you are driving your children to school, taking them to a sports game or heading on a road trip, going from point A to B by car offers families a chance to catch up or even play some fun travel games.
However, while road trips can provide opportunities for bonding and fun, they also can be dangerous.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children age 12 and younger, and in 2021, an average of three children were killed and 445 were injured in traffic crashes every day.
“Children are more at risk for injury in car crashes than adults because their bodies are much smaller and more fragile,” says pediatrician Lauren McCrillis, DO, with Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital. “When selecting a car or booster seat, the most important thing is choosing one that is appropriate for your child’s age, weight, height and development levels,” she says. “In addition to driving safely, parents and guardians should also make sure children are properly secured in age-appropriate car or booster seats before every trip they take. If an accident occurs, the proper restraints can be the difference between life and death.”