The Christmas season is one of the busiest travel times of the year. This means, of course, that there will be more cars on the road than usual. Unfortunately, this can also lead to more accidents. If you and your family are planning on travelling this year, here are five travel tips for Christmas presented by Cincinnati Children’s and Toyota to make sure your children are buckled in correctly.
- Inch and Pinch. After you’ve installed the seat into your car, grab the seat at the bottom and attempt to move it side to side. If it moves more than an inch, tighten it up. Then, once you have your child buckled, try to pinch the strap near their shoulder. If you can pinch any fabric, tighten the straps.
- Secure extra items. You will likely have luggage and gifts travelling with you in the car. Make sure these extras are secure since anything in your car can become a projectile in an accident.
- Right way. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children under age 2 sit in a rear-facing seat.
- No coats. Yes, it’s winter and cold, but coats and car seats don’t mix. Take off your child’s coat before buckling him or her into her seat. You can then put the coat back on top or use a blanket to keep them warm. A think coat can prevent the harness from properly fitting your child.
- Don’t rent a seat. If you’re travelling by plane, bring along your child’s seat. Do not rent one when you arrive at your destination since you don’t know its history.
With these tips in hand, you can help make sure your children are kept safe while in the car.