Traveling With Children

 

Planning a getaway with your kids?  Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children. Protect your most precious cargo by following these easy travel tips:

Traveling by Car?

  • Involve your children early on when planning a road trip, which will help keep their interest during the trip.  Show them your route on a map and let them help decide places to stop including landmarks, hotels, and restaurants.
  • During your trip, give your children a map so they can see where you are and how far you have until you reach your destination.  This will help with the “are we there yet” question.
  • Keep children interested and involved in your road trip with a ready selection of cards, maps, family games, sing-along CDs and activity books — especially ones with references to your destination. This will help keep them occupied and create more interaction among family members.
  • As everyone knows, children can be a distraction in the car.  If there is another adult passenger, it is best to let them handle most of the interactions with the children.
  • When choosing activities for children in vehicle it is important to remember that loose items in the car can be thrown or become missiles in the event of a crash or sudden stop.  Be sure to secure loose items including DVD players, laptops, iPads, purses, CDs, umbrellas, holiday gifts, etc. in either the trunk, in a console or under a cargo net.  Only provide children with soft toys and games to play with in the car.
  • There are lots of helpful websites for parents with downloadable coloring pages, games, etc. such as www.SafeSeats4Kids.aaa.com.
  • Get proper rest.  Set aside time to pack your clothes, load your vehicle and get a full night’s sleep for you and your family so you can all set out fresh and rested.  According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy drivers are a factor in nearly 17 percent of fatal crashes, with one in ten drivers admitting to falling asleep behind the wheel at least once this past year.
  • Buckle up, and make sure all passengers are secured properly with safety belts and age-appropriate child safety seats before you head out on your trip.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3 out of 4 safety seats are not installed correctly. Have a licensed child passenger safety technician inspect your child’s safety seat for proper installation.
  • Try to do most of your traveling during daylight hours, when visibility is best.  If you find yourself driving into the glare of a rising or setting sun, consider taking a break until lighting conditions improve.
  • When traveling by RV, make sure passengers buckle up in approved seating locations.

 

 

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