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Keeping Your Child Safe in the Car

My wife and I get a little nervous each time we have to drive our son Trevor anywhere, because we know there are lots of bad drivers out there and anything can happen on the road. We are looking for any tips and tricks that your family uses to keep your children safe while on the road. Here are a few tips that I have found that you may find useful:

1. If a safety belt does not fit the child correctly, a booster set should be used to correctly position the lap and shoulder belts once they outgrow forward facing child safety seats (generally at about 40 pounds and 4 years old)
2. Children from approximately 40-80 pounds and under 4'9" in height should ride in a booster seat
3. Infants must ride rear-facing until they are at least one year old and weigh 20 pounds or more
4. Rear-facing, the infant should be semi-upright at an angle or no more than 45 degrees
5. A forward-facing older child should ride sitting upright
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