It’s normal for new parents to feel anxious about their child’s safety – particularly on the road. While you probably do everything you can to stay safe behind the wheel, the family car is one place where other people’s actions can have a direct impact on the safety of your child.

According to a AAA spokesperson, a one-year-old child is injured in a traffic crash roughly once every day in New York. Existing child passenger safety laws have made the road safer for kids, but there is always room for improvement. With that in mind, the state of New York recently passed a new car seat law.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on October 25 that requires all children under two years old to be seated in rear-facing car seats. Research has shown that children under two are 75 percent more likely to be injured in front-facing seats than those that face the back of the vehicle.

Keeping kids safe in the car

In addition to heeding and obeying the new law regarding child car seats, there are several other ways to help little ones in the back seat arrive at your destination unharmed:

  • Refrain from bargain shopping. Buying a car seat is not the time to hunt for the best deal. Make sure you are buying a reliable seat with a solid track record that is appropriate for your child’s height and weight.
  • Learn how to use and install safety equipment. The right car seat is useless if it isn’t properly installed. Take advantage of the Department of Transportation’s free car seat safety fittings. You can find a scheduled fitting near you, or arrange an appointment on your schedule.
  • Be mindful of airbags. Airbags are designed to inflate instantly, which can have violent effects for small passengers. Avoid putting a young child in a seat with an active airbag.