5 Safety Tips for Traveling with Your Family| Guest Post by Julie Vallese, Consumer Safety Expert for Safety 1st

Well… it’s that time of year again! The holidays are officially here which means you are most likely going to be doing a bit of traveling. Julie Vallese is the Consumer Safety Expert for Safety 1st and she wants to share some traveling safety tips with you.

Giving Thanks Means Turkey, Traveling and…. Traffic

By Julie Vallese, Consumer Safety Expert for Safety 1st

For parents with young children this is a particularly important time of year to brush up on car safety and ensure that little ones are properly secured before hitting the interstate.

An estimated 25 million passengers will fly over the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period, peaking on Sunday, December 1, when 2.56 million are expected to fly, according to Airlines for America, an industry trade group.  This year’s numbers from American Automobile Association have not been released yet, but last year AAA estimated 43.6 million traveled via car or plane to visit friends or family during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  I expect this year those numbers will be about same.

I know this time of year is busy for everyone so I wanted to help make your life easier and share with you my travel safety check list to help you have a happy and hopefully emergency room free holiday season.

  1. Before you hit the road, check in with a local Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure your child’s seat is installed correctly. You can visit a local police station, fire station, AAA office or Safe Kids Chapter for guidance.
  2. For parents with children under two years old, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises children remain rear facing until the age of two, or until they reach the maximum height and weight requirements allowed by their car seat. According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75 percent less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing.
  3. The AAP recommends children ride in boosters until the age of 12 or 57 inches.  However, 72% of children are in seat belts but should still be in a belt positing booster. Booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to seat belts alone. (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)
  4. If you are renting a car, getting picked up at the airport or driving your own vehicle to your holiday gathering typically the center rear seat is the safest place to install a car seat.  If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middle seat belt to properly secure the base.  When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.
  5. Don’t forget to childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles.  Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile.  In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.  Keep all lose items secured in the floor of a car or in the trunk.  A storage container such as the Safety 1st Just in Cast Storage Station is a great way to keep items together and the container latches to the floor of the trunk so the container won’t go flying if you stop fast.

Thanks for reading!

What kinds of safety tips do you have for traveling this holiday season?

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  1. Karen Glatt says:

    This is very important information when traveling with children. Safety is so important, and making sure that there are no objects in the car that can become a projectile is so important. I never thought about this being a problem. Making sure the car safety seat is secure and in its proper place is so important.

  2. These are great travel tips for the upcoming holiday season! Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    These are excellent tips to keep in mind, especially important for families with young children. Hope everyone stays safe on the roads this Thanksgiving.

  4. I volunteered a couple of times at a safety fair and we would inspect child car seats for fit. It was scary how many parents were using seats that either did not fit their child or were improperly installed.

  5. What great tips. My daughter is older now and I don’t have to worry so much. Safety is important no matter what age we are.

  6. Great tips. We are headed to NYC for a family trip soon and I am really paying attention to these.

  7. And always make sure your child looks are on too! We had a car that didn’t have child locks when my son was little and he managed to unlock the door and open it while I was driving down the road.

  8. very great tips! I practice many of these especially since I travel alone a lot of times with two kids!

  9. Very good tips. All parents need to remember these.

  10. What a great post in time for Thanksgiving traveling. Thank you! We might be taking a little road trip, we haven’t decided if we can swing it yet.

  11. It’s crazy, but I feel as is so many parent stop using boosters when their kids are like 8 around here..not me!

  12. Great safety tips. I think sometimes we can get a little lax about travel safety, especially when we get in a hurry to start out on vacation.

  13. Great tips! Safety first!

  14. thank you for the tips, we will be traveling with all 5 kids next month!

  15. Make sure you child lock the doors is important too. I’ve had my kids try to open the door while we were driving 65 mph before.

  16. Great traveling tips even for everyday errands. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I think about car safety so much more now that I have kids! Funny how that works, isn’t it?

  18. We usually have one road trip a year so this is really helpful. Thanks so much!

  19. Great information for travelers. Many people have no idea or just don’t think about the fact that anything loose in the car will be hazard in a crash. It is the very same thing in a plane. Everyone wants to bring as much as possible to go inside the cabin but in fact those things are some of the biggest hazards in any kind of crash.

  20. It is very important to have a plan and procedure for safe travel and to make sure every member of the family knows the plan and their part in it.

  21. safety when travelling is so important. it’s a constant thing we have to do as parents- be proactive and ensure our kids safety

  22. I never thought about what could come loose and go flying in the car. That’s a danger at every age!

  23. Great tips for traveling!

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