Car travel safety tips for children
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Car travel is a way of life for many families with young children.
Whether you are commuting to day care, play groups, or the grocery
store these rules all apply. When taking a longer trip, make sure
to pack lots of toys and activities to keep your little one entertained
during the trip. If possible have a parent or sibling sit in the
back of the car with the child for impromptu games of patty cake
and peek a boo.
Pick a good quality car seat. Hand-me-down car seats are not recommended
because you don’t know if they have been in an accident
or not. Whenever possible, buy a new car seat for each and every
baby for optimum safety. Always check
to check for recalls on your particular make and model.
Here are some more tips on choosing the right car seat:
a. Find a safe car seat for free on
b. Have your car seat professionally installed - you can get your
car seat installed for free. You can find a professional car seat
installer by zip code on the
Highway Safety Traffic Administration website
c. Periodically check to see that your car seat has not been recalled
the US Consumer Product Safety Comission
2. If your child is under 1 year and weighs under 20 pounds, use
an infant seat or a rear-facing convertible seat. There are many
models that come in a travel system so that you can easily move
the baby to a stroller, without disturbing them.
3. If your child is 1-4 years old and weighs 20-40 pounds, use
a forward- facing seat/convertible seat.
4. All children under 12 years old should ride in the back seat.
No excuses! If the baby gets fussy, pull over and tend to them.
Under no circumstances should the baby be out of their car seat
will the vehicle is in motion.
5. Adults should always wear their seat belts, even in the back
seat, because children follow your example.
6. Never leave a child alone in a car. A closed car can overheat
in a few minutes and your child could die.
7. In inclement weather, look for a car seat cover as opposed
to bunting blankets or wraps. If your child is wrapped in a blanket
prior to being latched in, they may be able to slip out of the
seat completely in the case of an accident.