Danae Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife
In our fast-paced lives, it’s easy to overlook one of the most critical aspects of family travel: passenger safety, particularly when it comes to our little ones. That’s why we are taking the time to focus on Passenger Safety Week, an annual event dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of child passenger safety and the vital role car seat inspections play in protecting our children.
Why Passenger Safety Week matters
Passenger Safety Week, which runs from Sept. 17-23, serves as a vital reminder that keeping our youngest passengers safe is a responsibility that cannot be overstated. Whether you’re a new parent or an experienced one, it’s always a good time to revisit car seat safety guidelines and ensure that your child is traveling as securely as possible.
The importance of car seat inspections
One of the cornerstones of child passenger safety is the proper use of car seats. However, studies consistently show that many car seats are installed incorrectly, significantly increasing the risk of injury during an accident. This is where car seat inspections come into play.
Car seat inspections are more than just a formality; they are a lifeline for your child’s safety. Trained technicians can check the installation of your car seat, ensuring it is correctly positioned and securely fastened. They also provide valuable information about your child’s growth and when it may be time to transition to a different type of car seat or booster seat.
How to get your car seat inspected
During Passenger Safety Week, numerous events and resources are available to parents and caregivers across the country.
Your local County Extension Agent, Danae Hicks will be offering appointments on the 20th to come have your car seat inspected. If you cannot make it on that date, reach out to Hicks at 972-825-5175 to set up an appointment.
Passenger Safety Week is a time to recommit ourselves to ensuring that our children travel safely in vehicles. Remember, car seat inspections are not just an option; they are an essential step in protecting your child. Take advantage of the resources available during this week to make sure your car seat is installed correctly and that your child is buckled in securely.
By prioritizing passenger safety, we can reduce the risks associated with travel and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing we’re doing everything we can to keep our children safe on the road.