The crazy hectic holiday season always brings extra travel!
That’s why it’s super important to keep kids safe during holiday travel!
We’ve created a simple, printable list you can keep in your car so you’re reminded of these
safety strategies during all your busy days of travel!
Why should you keep this list handy?
Because in the craziness of busy holidays, safety precautions in cars if often neglected and
We spend loads of time and money child-proofing our homes, why not ensure our automobiles
are safe as well?
Let’s all enjoy a festive holiday season that’s full of giggles, cookies and memories!
10 Ways to Keep Kids Safe During Holiday Travel
- Choose a car seat seat that fits your child. Check the height and weight
guidelines on the car seat or booster you are using in the car. Compare the measurements to your child’s actual size and make sure it is the correct fit.
If it’s not, make that your number one priority before doing any holiday travel!
- Properly position the car seat in the back seat. Never place a car seat
in the front seat or near an air bag. Also, it is best to place the car seat in the middle of the back seat so your traveling companion cannot attempt to unlock the doors or roll down the windows.
- Check and double check that your child is fastened snugly in the car seat. Don’t forget to make sure that the actual infant seat is attached to the seat of the car. This is a step that many hurried parents forget to check.
Remember: safety is more important than the time on the clock!
- Activate child-proof locks. Read your car’s manual if you are unsure how
to activate the child-proof locks. If your car did not come with this safety mechanism, contact the car’s manufacturer for other options.
Most new cars have additional safety mechanisms.
Be sure to be “in the know” when it comes to all the safety features of your family’s automobile.
- Lock back seats. If your vehicle has fold down back seats, ensure they
are secured before travel.
- Prepare fun activities kids love. Children can quickly become bored while
traveling. Prepare fun activities so little tykes will not be tempted to explore the car doors and locks.
- Never leave a child unattended. A child should never be left alone in the
car. Period. It’s not a huge hassle to take your child with you.
Safety of a child is always more important than convenience!
- Keep dangerous chemicals out of reach. Air fresheners, windshield washer
fluid, motor oil and other chemicals are often left stored in the back seat of a car for easy
accessibly. If a small traveler is accompanying you, remove all these items before you embark on your journey.
- Remove any choking hazards. Small toys, plastic shopping bags and other
objects can quickly become a chocking hazard. Always keep the back seat clear of small items.
- Double and triple check that no small children are around your vehicle when you
back up. Take a few extra moments and look thoroughly around your vehicle for children who are playing, running or even hiding.
Accidents typically happen when people are in a hurry, so slow down to take extra precautions
when traveling with or near children!
Have a safe and happy holiday season!