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By now, even if you reside in a state without seat belt regulations, you know that buckling your seat belt can save your life. But buckling your seat belt is not the only way you can proactively act to keep you and your loved ones safe in your automobile.

1. Correctly arm your airbags: If your car contains air bags, make sure they are properly armed. If they have been triggered, you’ll need to get them armed professionally.

2. Utilize your seat belt correctly: There is a reason for seat belts extending over our chests and not only our laps. These chest straps prevent us from slamming into the dashboard, the seat in front of us, or getting an extreme case of whiplash. Make sure to wear your seat belt as it was designed so you can get a full range of security.

3. Plan appropriate and timely vehicle care: Transmission problems can cause your car to seize up in the middle of the road; improperly filled tires can compromise your brake system—there’s no limit to the potential accidents that car maintenance issues can cause. Bring your vehicle to the mechanic regularly so he or she can test for these issues before they help cause an accident.

4. Exercise airbag safety: Airbags have saved many of lives, but they can also be damaging in some instances. Kids under age twelve should never sit in the front seat with driver’s side airbags. If they must, they should be properly buckled up with the seat far away from the dashboard, since airbags can actually hurt anyone who is 2-3 inches from the point of inflation. Because the driver’s airbag is in the steering wheel, he or she can be hurt, too. Measure your usual seating position when you drive and make sure that you are situated at least 10 inches away from the middle of the steering wheel.

5. Purchase rear facing car seats: Airbags are not the sole in-car threat to a child’s safety. Infants less than one year old or who weigh under 20 lbs. should always be strapped into rear-facing child’s seats in the back seat of the car. Children under 4’ 9” should also sit on booster seats when riding in the car. This prevents seat belt injuries in case of a collision.

6. Adjust all mirrors: It’s easy to get into your car after a different driver has used it and forget to reposition your mirrors. This can lead to blind spots that let you back into an obstacle or switch lanes without seeing a nearby driver. Always check that your mirrors are appropriately adjusted and that you look for your mirror’s blind spots before making any moves in traffic.

Practicing these easy auto safety precautions will give you peace of mind and might eventually even save a life.

For information about Kendall auto insurance, give Prestige Insurance Group a call at 305-969-8778.
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