Finally there’s warmer weather! As you start to plan your spring and summer travel adventures, it’s a perfect time to make sure your kids are safe while traveling in vehicles. Although the roads may seem safer in the warmer weather, traveling with children always provides safety challenges. Here are some important safety tips for family travel this spring and summer. Buckle up!
Invest in a seat that will grow with your child. Combination car seats are forward-facing only car seats that allow you to use a harness for your child and then remove the harness to use the seat as a booster.
Keep your child comfortable and cool during the warm weather. Remember to pack extra water bottles to keep your child hydrated during the summer months.
Not traveling very far this spring? Did you know that 85% of crashes involving children occur 20 minutes or less from home? All children 12 and under should be buckled in the back seat and big kids under 4’ 9” tall should be in a booster seat. A booster seat can reduce the risk of injury in a crash by 45% for children ages 4-8.
Think your child is ready to use the adult vehicle seat belt? Take this simple test. Have them sit with their back and bottom all the way against the vehicle seat. Make sure their knees are bent at the edge of the seat with their feet on the floorboard. The vehicle lap belt should fit low on the thighs and hips and the shoulder belt should fit across the child’s shoulder. The child must be able to sit like this for the whole ride. Most kids are 10 – 12 years old before they can pass all of these steps!
Have other tips to stay safe for your spring and summer travel? Let us know.