April 14, 2016

Take Your Child to Work Day

Get prepped on taking your child to work!

April 28th is "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" (previously known as "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" and sometimes informally referred to as "Take Your Child to Work Day"). An educational program sponsored by a non-profit organization, this nationwide event revolves around parents taking their children to work with them for one day, which gives kids a chance to envision possibilities for the future and learn more about what their parents and mentors do in the workplace.

We thought we'd take this opportunity to lay out some child car safety tips, so that if you do decide to bring your little one to the office, you can ensure his or her safety on the way.

CAR SEATS AND BOOSTER SEATS

According to the CDC, car seat use reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries by 54 percent among children aged 1 to 4; booster seat use reduces the risk of injury by 45 percent among children aged 4 to 8 when compared with seat belt use alone.

Most school-aged children are big enough to have graduated from a rear- or forward-facing car seat to a belt-positioning booster seat, which they should use until the vehicle seat belt fits properly. Children younger than 13 should always ride in the back of the vehicle, as the front airbags pose a safety risk for young kids.

Safe Kids Worldwide reports that 73 percent of car seats are not installed properly. This car seat checklist is a quick way to ensure that all your bases are covered.

SEAT BELTS

For older children and adults, seat belt use cuts the risk of death and serious injury by about half. The adult lap and shoulder belt system will not fit most children until they're 4 feet 9 inches tall and are 8 through 12 years of age. The belt must fit low and tight across the upper thighs when the child is sitting, without slouching, with knees bent and feet on the floor. Never allow your child to sit with the shoulder belt behind his or her back.

The best way to convince your child to wear a seat belt? Wear your own seat belt each and every time you get in the car, and your child will learn that buckling up is a given.

TOYS

Hard toys with sharp edges can injure a child in a crash, so make sure there aren't any loose toys in the vehicle, and stick to soft toys like stuffed animals inside the car.

 

 

Many individuals and local authorities have already jumped on the opportunity to remind users to drive safely. There are even signs popping up on highways to encourage safer driving.

Luckily, there are tools out there to help the tech-obsessed (or the poke-obsessed) improve their driving. One of our favorites is an app called TrueMotion Family! The app analyzes your driving in order to provide you with a score - and insights as to how you drive. It's perfect for parents who want to monitor their teen drivers. The app gives parents the power to see where their kids drive, and produces a 'report card' on their driving in addition to an assessment of whether they were driving distracted (using their cell phone). Plus, families have access to roadside assistance on-demand from right within the TrueMotion app.

I don’t remember Ash, Misty, or Brock driving cars in their quest to be the very best, like no one ever was. And there aren’t vehicles any in PokemonGO. At Urgent.ly, we love the game and just like you, we’re prepared to travel across the land searching far and wide to catch 'em all, but we encourage you to put safety first in your travels! Remember that the power of Pokemon is awesome in augmented reality but automobiles are a powerful tool meant for use in the real world and require optimum focus to operate safely. In a world we must defend, you can start by driving safely, and catch and train ‘em all when you’re not operating a vehicle.

To stay connected and receive the latest in great content from Urgent.ly, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check our blog for all things driving and roadside assistance!

We’ll get you back on the road

Get Help Now!
Get Help Now!
REQUEST IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE
or download our apps