The summer season of travel is almost upon us, which means you might spend some time with your family on the road, going on new adventures and exploring new places. You will want to make sure you keep your family safe while embarking on any journey, near or far. Here are some safety tips you should keep in mind before getting your fun summer travels started:
Some of these precautions might seem like common sense, but we often forget the obvious while caught up in the excitement of travel. Be sure to also go over some of these safety measures with your kids prior to traveling.
- Seatbelts must be worn during every trip: Always make sure your child’s seatbelt is fastened before you even start your vehicle. It must be left on until you reach your destination. Never allow children to share seatbelts. They might think it seems like fun, but it is incredibly dangerous.
- Sit in the backseat: Children under the age of 13 must always ride in the backseat. Doing so protects them from the possibility of an injury when a passenger air bag deploys in an accident. If your child is disappointed about not being able to sit up front, explain that the air bag can seriously hurt him or her since they are meant to protect the body of an adult.
- Stay calm: You should impress the importance of remaining calm and low-key in the backseat to your children. If your kids are bouncing around, yelling, or causing chaos in the backseat, it can be incredibly distracting for a driver, which can put everyone in the vehicle at in danger.
- Enforce rules: Make sure you have a discussion with your children about following the rules no matter whose car they ride in. If someone offers your child the front seat, he or she should politely refuse and proceed to sit in the backseat. Car safety is important at all times.
- Do not be distracted: Adults should also follow some safety rules. When on the road with your kids, they are not the only possible distraction. We make plenty of our own distractions, whether we are using a cellphone or looking at a GPS. You have to keep your eyes and full attention on the road. If something truly cannot wait, stop somewhere safe and take care of it before resuming your trip.
- Never leave children or babies alone in the car: If you end up making a pit-stop along the way to your destination, never leave your children alone in the car. Even a few minutes can have disastrous results since children’s bodies do not regulate temperature as well as an adult’s.
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