There are many reasons why carpooling can become part of one’s daily schedule. When deciding on carpooling options, it is important to always know who may be transporting a child and that they will follow all child passenger safety guidelines. Just as importantly, a child should never be forced to ride with someone that makes them uncomfortable. Safe Kids Worldwide has provided some additional guidelines for carpooling caregivers:
Before the Ride:
Be sure drivers have a valid Driver’s License, a good driving record, auto insurance and require seatbelt and child safety seat use at all times. They should also not have been convicted of a crime against a child. Keep informed of pick up and drop off arrangements for each child and be prepared with their individual child safety seat.
During the Ride:
Children should be required by the driver to practice safe riding in the vehicle. They should be buckled and safely secured during the entire ride. Each child should also have their own seating position and the driver needs to know how to use each child safety seat. Every child under 13 should be riding in the back seat.
After the Ride:
It is safest for children to exit the vehicle curbside. Once a child is dropped off, drivers should be aware to wait until children are safely supervised before driving away. Remind the driver that a child should never be left alone in the vehicle for any reason.
In addition to the above tips, teach children to never play in or around vehicles and be sure to lock your vehicle in order to prevent children access while unsupervised. Visit here for a full checklist provided by Safe Kids Worldwide.