One of the most frightening things about driving is having no control over the drivers around you.
You may be a great defensive driver (after teaching traffic survival school, I’m convinced everyone thinks pretty highly of their driving behaviors) but you still have to trust that the drivers around you are driving fully present, without distractions.
But since we cannot control the actions of other people, we do our best to mitigate risk where we can.
One of the best protections a driver can enforce with a child is to make sure the child is riding in a car seat or booster seat appropriate for the child’s age, weight and height.
Rebecca Stephens learned this lesson firsthand, breathing a sigh of relief that she stuck to her guns about keeping her daughter in the appropriate car seat.
Five-year-old Brynlee had been asking, Stephens explained, for a booster seat.
And Stephens considered her daughter’s request, which seemed relatively reasonable now that her daughter had grown in size and stature.
But she had second thoughts about moving Brynlee up to a booster seat without a shoulder harness — and now, Stephens is thankful she erred on the side of caution.
Brynlee has some painful-looking marks from the car wreck.
Stephens posted a photo of her daughter’s deep bruises and painful red marks from where the 5-point-harness did the proper job of minimizing injury.
At the emergency room, Stephens received some chilling information from the doctor that attended Brynlee.
“The doctor at the er told us that had she been in that (a booster seat) and not this (a 5-point-harness) and because of how we hit she could have broken her neck or been internally decapitated!” Stephens wrote on Facebook.
“Well that puts it all into perspective,” Stephens said, “and I will gladly take these marks for a week or so on her vs no her.”
Stephens says she has no plans to move her daughter into a booster seat any time soon. Despite what Brynlee’s peers may be riding in, Stephens has made her own decision for her daughter.
“I will keep her there for longer now,” she said.
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