Making sure your child is securely fastened into their car seat is a key step to keeping them safe on the road.

September marks Baby Safety Awareness Month across the country, and with many injuries and premature fatalities suffered as a result of lack of motor vehicle safety, we figured now would be a good time to review some key points of car safety.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your baby safe while traveling on the road:

Car Seat: Depending on the age and size of your child, they need to be in a car seat while riding in your car. Generally, children need to ride facing the rear of the vehicle until they are at least 12 months-old and then in a front-facing seat up until they are approximately five-years-old. But just having your child in a car seat is not enough to keep them safe in case of an accident. It is critical that your child's safety seat is installed properly so it doesn't rock, tip or shift while the vehicle is moving. It is also important that the child is properly strapped in to their seat so that there is not any excess space between the straps and their body.

Glass: In the case of an accident, broken window glass can be damaging to the people within the vehicle, especially to a baby or small child who cannot protect themselves from the shards. Before you hit the road, you should inspect your car's windows and windshield for dents, scratches, cracks or weak spots in the structure of the glass. If you notice significant damage anywhere, you should have it fixed immediately. These small imperfections can lead to major injury if left unattended. Not to mention, they can impair your sight line or ability to properly maneuver the vehicle.

If you are in the Utah or Idaho areas and are in need of auto glass window replacement or repair, contact Valley Glass today!