It's highly important that you ensure your child's safety to the fullest extent possible when travelling in the car, in part 2 of this article on the dos and don'ts for child car seats we'll look at the things you should not do. By following these plus other manufacturer guidelines you'll be secure in the knowledge that you are protecting your child to fullest possible extent.
1. No matter how short the journey you should never carry children unrestrained in the car.
2. Never set a rear facing car seat in the front seat of the vehicle, in combination with an air bag it could kill. If you must set a child car in the front make sure the seat is pulled well back so as not to impact with the air bag in the event of an accident.
3. Don't use anything labelled as a 'universal car seat restraint'. Only buy and install restraints which are specifically designed for your car model according to the manufacturers guidelines. Also avoid buying second hand child car seat restraints unless you are fully aware of its history and it comes with complete instructions including the manufactures contact details. Never use any restraints which have already been in a crash.
4. Don't hold your child in your arms or share a seat belt. This is a killer as your superior body weight could crush and kill your child in an accident.
5. Make sure it's impossible for children to release any buckles around the car seat or climb out from the restraints, you should not tamper with the buckles in any way as this could seriously affect how well they'll perform in the event of an accident.
6. Lastly, always buy a genuine booster cushion and never use an ordinary one. In an accident an ordinary cushion could fly out from under the car seat and your child would then slide under the seat belt.