The weather is getting warmer and the nights are certainly longer, which means one thing – summer is almost in our reach! With that in mind, plenty of families will be planning trips over the break, to see family, to visit attractions and of course travelling for their summer vacation.
Whatever you do this summer, make sure you and all the family have a safe and happy time in the car. After all, figures have shown that more incidents involving children tend to occur on the roads in summer than in winter, so it pays to make sure your little ones are protected as best as possible. Here are a few summer safety car travel tips:
The simplest yet most overlooked thing to do is to ensure all family members are belted up properly. It may come as a surprise to learn that most parents don’t know if their car seat is fitted properly or not, so it pays to take your seat (and car!) to your nearest Halfords or local safety day to ensure your seats are secured in the right way. Safety experts such as Good Egg Car Safety can also check, and advise you on the correct seat for your child’s height and weight.
Seat belts are not designed for children, so even if you are using the correct booster or car seat, it’s worth considering a huggybelt to ensure the seat belt stays in the correct position without slipping off your child’s shoulder or riding up on their abdomen. The best way to ensure your child wears their seat belt is to lead by example. Ensure all adults in the car wear their belt whilst the engine is on.
When planning a summer trip to a caravan or holiday home, it’s more than likely that your car will be packing a lot of luggage. With that said, anything that’s not properly secured in the boot or the back has the potential to become a projectile in the event of a crash or emergency brake situation. Make sure any prams/buggies, large bags, sports equipment and unoccupied car seats are all in a secure position that can’t fly across your car. Put what you can into the boot, buckle up unoccupied car seats and place smaller items like handbags etc on the floor.
Stop kids from overheating
On a hot day in a traffic jam, cars can be uncomfortable places to be. For kids, this can make them restless. Plus, there may be additional factors at play, such as the metal buckle on a car seat overheating and irritating their skin. This is another reason to consider a huggybelt, which attaches to your seatbelt to restrain your child properly, without any metal exposed to their skin.
Keep water in a cool bag in the car so that kids – and adults – stay hydrated on the journey. It can also be a good idea to invest in some window shades (which can be inexpensive and easily suctioned onto the rear passenger windows) in order to keep children cool.
By following these tips your summer road trip should be a far more comfortable and pleasant experience for all involved. If you’re looking for something to keep the kids amused, why not check out some car games to play on the journey?