Tips For Safety Travel During The Holidays w/ @EvenflobabyCA #carseatsafety

With the holidays being around the corner, I'm sure a lot of you will be traveling to visit family and friends throughout the month of December. Whether you're traveling near or far, making sure that you're traveling safely with your family is very important.

There are just so many things that we can't control from happening while we're on the road, but making sure that we do our part in keeping everyone in our vehicle safe is one less thing we have to worry about while traveling this holiday. Below are a few tips from our friends over at Evenflo Canada that are sure to help those of us traveling this holiday season:

  • Everyone rides buckled up or the vehicle does not go. Make no exceptions for adults or children. If someone unbuckles, stop the vehicle. Being firm and consistent from the start will mean fewer discipline problems as children get older.
  • All children 12 and under absolutely must ride buckled up in the back seat.
  • Do not allow a child in a vehicle to have objects such as lollipops or ice cream on a stick. The object can injure the child if the vehicle swerves or hits a bump.
  • Never take a child out of his or her car seat while the vehicle is moving. If even a low-speed crash occurred, an unrestrained child can be injured.
  • Put sharp or heavy items in the trunk. Anything loose can be deadly in a crash.
  • Always carefully read the car seat instructions and the vehicle owner's manual. If you have any questions about your car seat or vehicle, please call your the manufacturer's toll-free number. You'll find it in your owner's manual.
  • Never use a car seat that was in an accident - it may have sustained hidden damage that could cause it to fail in another emergency.
  • Evenflo recommends that car seats over six years old not be used. The seat may have been damaged in collisions or by extensive use. Parts, labels and instructions may be missing and significant design or labeling changes may have occurred during those years in which the older seat was in use.
  • Always register your car seat so that you can be notified of any safety issues that may arise in the future.
  • In cold weather, DO NOT dress the child in bulky clothing like snowsuits if the child is riding in a child restraint. Bulky coats/snowsuits make it difficult to properly tighten the harness on the child. If necessary, place a blanket over the harnessed child without interfering with the child restraint harness system.

Disclosure: I am a Evenflo Ambassador and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group; however all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.


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