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child-safety-graphic-2018The end of summer calls for a transition back into regular daily routines for children and parents. With the school year underway, parents should always ensure their child is safe while driving them to and from school, as well as other activities. Statistics show that most car crashes occur during “school hours”. MassDOT and MAPFRE Insurance aim to educate Massachusetts drivers on proper safety precautions for your child while traveling in a vehicle.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are a leading cause of death for children, stating that one child under the age of 13 was involved in a crash every 33 seconds during 2016. The number of children killed in crashes has been steadily increasing since 2014.

Child Passenger Safety Week, September 23-29, is an opportune time to emphasize important vehicle safety measures. As parents and caregivers, making sure your child is safe is a top priority, so make certain that your child is properly buckled up and in the correct car seat before hitting the road. Remember to read and carefully follow instructions for installing your car and booster seats. Failure to do so only increases your child’s risk of injury or death during a car crash. In addition, children under the age of 13 should be located in the back seat.  Taking this extra, yet necessary, step can ensure your child will be protected in the unfortunate chance you are involved in a crash. Find your nearest car inspection site.

Even the safest of drivers need a little help sometimes, which is why the MassDOT Highway Assistance Program sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance is here to help with fixing minor mechanical problems, flat tires, fuel shortages, and emergency situations. This program helps provide stranded motorists, especially those who have children in their vehicle, security from the dangers of the highway. The Highway Assist Patrol drivers monitor some of the state’s busiest highways and turnpikes around Metro Boston, Worcester, Springfield & Cape Cod (seasonal) Monday through Friday during the peak hours of 6:00AM-10:00AM and 3:00PM-7:00PM. MAPFRE understands how valuable this program is to state residents and visitors alike, and we wish you safe travels to school, work, and other fun fall activities.

Written By Patrick McDonald, CPCU, CEO, Northeast Region, MAPFRE Insurance

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