Safety Tips for Traveling by Car With Children


Published:

Photo courtesy of Maria Sbytova/Shutterstock.com

Put safety first when traveling by car with children.

  • Always use a car seat for infants and young children; they should ride in a rear-facing car seat until 2 years of age or until they reach the height or highest weight allowed by the car seat manufacturer. After reaching the rear-facing height or weight limit, children should ride in a forward-facing car seat.
  • Most rental car companies can arrange for a car seat if you are unable to bring yours, but they may have a limited selection. Before accepting it, make sure the seat is in good condition and is appropriate for the size and age of your child.
  • A child who has outgrown her car seat with a harness should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle’s seat belt fits.
  • All children under 13 years of age should ride in the rear seat of vehicles.
  • Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has an air bag.
  • Plan to stop and give yourself and your child a break about every two hours.
  • Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Temperatures inside the car can reach deadly levels quickly.
  • Stock up on bottled water and snacks, hand wipes, diaper rash ointment and basic first-aid items.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, healthychildren.org

Katherine Kopp is a freelance writer in Chapel Hill.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

The Best 9 Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipes Ever

Take the chill out of the air with a cup of homemade hot chocolate. Here are nine recipes to die for.

Must-See Holiday Light Shows Across North Carolina

’Tis the season for dazzling light displays. Here are our top picks of holiday light show extravaganzas across the state.

How Should High School Freshmen Prepare for College?

How your ninth-grader can successfully launch his or her high school career.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Newsletter Sign-Up

Stay connected to what's going on for kids and families in the Triad by signing up for our FREE e-newsletters!

Subscribe

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Annual Guides

Education Guide

The all-new 2015-2016 Education Guide is packed with everything parents need to know to navigate more than 500 education options and resources in the Triad, including area preschools, private schools, public school systems, charter schools, boarding schools and academic resources.

GPS [Go. Play. See]

It's your complete family guide to Triad living. Parents are busy and on the go. Use this guide to help you explore all this great area offers for families in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point and surrounding communities.

Exceptional Child

For parents of kids with special needs, finding help and support can be challenging. We've compiled valuable resources for Triad parents in our latest annual publication, Exceptional Child, which is also available as a digital guide.