This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.
The holiday season will be upon us before we know it and with that comes travel, whether it’s across town, country, or even the world. Car crashes happen more often than we want to think about. The CDC states that over 600 children died in car crashes in 2015, and many of those either weren’t wearing any sort of seat belt/car seat/booster seat at all, or the restraint system wasn’t used correctly. Yikes! So many of these deaths may have been prevented with proper use of restraint systems.
I don’t know about you, but I want to make sure that my children are buckled in properly before heading out on any future family travel. How do we do that? We can start by having a car seat safety check at Cars.com. Certified technicians are happy to help you make sure your car seats/booster seats are installed correctly and ready to go. I admit that I’ve never had my booster seats and car seats checked over professionally but I’ll be making an appointment to do this asap.
In the meantime, here’s some important car seat safety tips that we all can use for a safer trip with our children.
- Keep your child rear-facing in your vehicle for as long as possible. I know how it goes, believe me. My kids hated riding rear-facing because they felt they were missing out on all the action in the front seats but this is really the safest option.
- Make it a rule in your vehicle that EVERYONE buckles up….no matter what…even the adults who aren’t in the front seat. This makes it easier for kids to accept staying buckled up if everyone else is too.
- Avoid big bulky coats when buckling in. I know how freezing winter days go but the restraints need to be snug, and never loose or they can’t do their job properly.
- Surprisingly the safest spot for a child in the back is right in the center, and not on the sides of the vehicle. During a crash, the passenger riding in the center doesn’t get a direct impact, so place your child’s seat in the center of the back seat if possible.
With these tips, and having your car and/or booster seats professionally checked you can rest assured that your family will be protected on your next family adventure.