Safety Tips For Traveling With Kids

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Safety Tips For Traveling With Kids

Safety Tips For Traveling With Kids

I LOVE to travel.  My family and I go to North Carolina, Michigan, and various locations all over Florida.  We always drive.  Flying our family of four just ends up being too costly, so in the car we go!  I love an adventure and I love the fact that we get quality time together as a family in the car and in new cities.  And now that the weather is warmer, I know we aren’t the only ones planning some family fun!

Travel safety tips

We just got back from St. Augustine yesterday and we are headed to Disney in a few weeks…oh and come Summer we have our annual drive up to Michigan…30 HOURS!

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As you are planning your next adventure, NOW is the perfect time to make sure the kids are safe while traveling in vehicles. There may not be anymore snow and the road conditions may seem safe, traveling with growing children always provides safety challenges.

I’m sure anyone that has EVER been a car with a child can agree with statement 😉

Sarah Haverstick, Safety Advocate and certified Child Passenger Safety Technician for Evenflo, has the some tips to ensure your family gets to their sunny destination safely, and I thought you guys would like to hear about them too!

1.  Invest in a seat that will grow with your child.

Combination car seats are forward-facing only car seats that allow you to use a harness for your child and then remove the harness to use the seat as a booster.

Travel Safety tips

Check out the Evenflo ADVANCED Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Seat as a car seat option.

This NEW 3-in-1 seat can be used as a harness booster, a belt-positioning booster or a no-back booster to accommodate your growing child.  The Seat features SureSafe™ Installation, Buckle Pockets, Dual Cup Holders and more!

2.  Keep your child comfortable and cool during the warm weather.

Remember to pack extra water bottles to keep your child hydrated during the summer months.  I pack snacks too 🙂

Travel Safety Tips

Here is another great Car seat option to check out, the Evenflo Evolve Platinum 3-in-1 Harnessed Booster Car Seat.

This line of car seats is exclusively available at Babies “R” Us and features NASA-developed “Outlast” technology, which is a temperature regulating fabric that keeps children comfortable in hot weather by actively absorbing and storing hot and cold temperatures and releasing as needed.

Travel safety tips

3. Is doesn’t matter how far you are driving – you still need to be safe!

Not traveling very far this spring?  Did you know that 85% of crashes involving children occur 20 minutes or less from home? All children 12 and under should be buckled in the back seat and big kids under 4’ 9” tall should be in a booster seat. A booster seat like the RightFit Belt-Positioning Booster can reduce the risk of injury in a crash by 45% for children ages 4-8.

 4. Take the adult vehicle seat belt test

Think your child is ready to use the adult vehicle seat belt? Take this simple test. Have them sit with their back and bottom all the way against the vehicle seat. Make sure their knees are bent at the edge of the seat with their feet on the floorboard. The vehicle lap belt should fit low on the thighs and hips and the shoulder belt should fit across the child’s shoulder. The child must be able to sit like this for the whole ride.  Most kids are 10 – 12 years old before they can pass all of these steps!  I am so having my son do this as soon as he gets home from school!  He thinks he is totally ready to wear just the lap belt.

 Where do you travel plans take you this season?  What are some of your safety travel tips?

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Comments

  1. wHAT CAN i SAY ,YOU CAN NEVER DO ENOUGH TO KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE. yOU NE TO READ AND REACT. THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL TIPS! WE CAN ALL LEARN SOMETHING NEW.

  2. We, too, prefer driving than flying since it’s such a hassle and too costly. Thanks for the tips. These are wonderful. Last time we went to look for a car seat for our children, we decided to purchase one a little more expensive but that grew with the child, so overall cost savings and safe!

  3. Safety is important. I hate to travel. It doesn’t matter how safe I am. Drivers these days are so distracted with phones, texting… It should all be outlawed. People these days think they are so important that every thought must be put out there right away no matter what else is going on.

  4. Wonderful tips – just don’t have any little ones to use them with any more – lol. My children are grown and my grandkids are all out of car seats – in fact the oldest one is almost ready to start driving!

  5. Although my children are grown now I can use these tips for my Grandchildren. Wish we had the things available to us today years ago,

  6. I love combination car seats. Not only is it more economical for the family, but safer since you become super familiar with how the seat is placed in a car and how to buckle your child properly.

  7. I’m glad that they changed the car seat laws. Older children may not like having to ride in a booster seat, or whatever it’s called. It’s for their safety.

  8. Thanks for all the great tips. We won’t be going anywhere this summer. Boy I can remember going on trips with my family when I was a little girl and the station wagon, yes I said station wagon, would be loaded with coolers and suit cases. We would stop along the road and have lunch from the stuff my mom packed in the coolers. I have a lot of fond memories of those times and I’m sure you and your family will share a lot of great memories done the road too.

  9. Thanks so very much on the Fantastic Review/Information on Safety Tips For Traveling With Kids! Well, I can honestly say that we don’t travel too much! We took our first vacation last summer for the first time in over 10 years! We have a motorhome and we took that on vacation! My kids are 10 and 1`2 and they are both very tall and can sit with their feet down and the seatbelt where it should be! They didn’t want to be seat belted in when we were in the motorhome, however, We told them that if they didn’t wear a seat belt, we were not going to go on vacation! That’s all it took! They were so happy to seat belt themselves (with us checking it)! We also took the dogs along with us as well! We had a terrific time as a family, however, one thing that we could have used was our car! Some places you visit, you really need a car to get around! We learned this for whenever the next time comes! I’m all for safety of the kids while traveling! They both went through the car seat and the booster seat as well! I doubt that we are going to take a vacation this year because as soon as we got home from our last vacation, my husband became severely ill and ended up in and out of the hospital having tests upon tests. Then he ended up with major surgery! He went back to work after his too long of a recovery and only worked maybe 2 weeks and was sick again! He ended up being at home until he could see a specialist and then be at home waiting on his 2nd major surgery! All of this was within 5 months! We are both disabled due to a horrific auto accident where we were hit by a drunk driver who took off! So, his part-time job helps us with groceries and other things. Since all that, he’s been back to work for several weeks, however, the new bills keep coming in and we are just treading water! Unless we hit a windfall, we’ll be vacationing at home again! Thanks so very, very, much for sharing your fantastic review/Information on Safety Tips for Traveling with kids with all of us! Your tips were terrific and as I said before, I’m a firm believer in child safety while traveling too! Thanks again! Michele 🙂

  10. Another safety tip is to bring along snacks, games, something to occupy the kids time. Crabby kids distract the parents. That can cause an accident.

  11. Thanks so very much on the Fantastic Review/Information on Safety Tips For Traveling With Kids! Well, I can honestly say that we don’t travel too much! We took our first vacation last summer for the first time in over 10 years! We have a motorhome and we took that on vacation! My kids are 10 and 1`2 and they are both very tall and can sit with their feet down and the seatbelt where it should be! They didn’t want to be seat belted in when we were in the motorhome, however, We told them that if they didn’t wear a seat belt, we were not going to go on vacation! That’s all it took! They were so happy to seat belt themselves (with us checking it)! We also took the dogs along with us as well! We had a terrific time as a family, however, one thing that we could have used was our car! Some places you visit, you really need a car to get around! We learned this for whenever the next time comes! I’m all for safety of the kids while traveling! They both went through the car seat and the booster seat as well! We’ll be vacationing at home again this year, I think! Thanks so very, very, much for sharing your fantastic review/Information on Safety Tips for Traveling with kids with all of us! Your tips were terrific and as I said before, I’m a firm believer in child safety while traveling too! Thanks again! Michele 🙂

  12. Car safety is important whether you have a child in the car or not. Car seats have really improved over the years.

  13. Thanks very much on the Fantastic Review/Information on Safety Tips For Traveling With Kids! Well, I can honestly say that we don’t travel too much! We took our first vacation last summer for the first time in over 10 years! We have a motorhome and we took that on vacation! My kids are 10 and 12 and they are both very tall and can sit with their feet down and the seatbelt where it should be! We had a terrific time as a family, however, one thing that we could have used was our car! Some places you visit, you really need a car to get around! We learned this for whenever the next time comes! I’m all for safety of the kids while traveling! They both went through the car seat and the booster seat as well! I doubt that we are going to take a vacation this year, It’s gonna be a home vacation I think! Thanks so very, very, much for sharing your fantastic review/Information on Safety Tips for Traveling with kids with all of us! Your tips are terrific and as I said before, I’m a firm believer in child safety while traveling too! Thanks again! Michele 🙂

  14. I personally couldn’t take a thirty hour car trip, anywhere. I don’t travel well. We drove from Ohio to Virginia and I was a basket case.

  15. Thanks so much on the Terrific Review/Information on Safety Tips For Traveling With Kids! Well, I can honestly say that we don’t travel too much! We took our first vacation last summer for the first time in over 10 years! We have a motorhome and we took that on vacation! My kids are 10 and 12 and they are both very tall and can sit with their feet down and the seatbelt where it should be! They were so happy to seat belt themselves (with us checking it)! We also took the dogs along with us as well! We had a fantastic time as a family, however, one thing that we could have used was our car! Some places you visit, you really need a car to get around! We learned this for whenever the next time comes! I’m all for safety of the kids while traveling! They both went through the car seat and the booster seat as well! We’ll probably be vacationing at home again this year, I think! Thanks so very much for sharing your terrific review/Information on Safety Tips for Traveling with kids with all of us! Your tips were Great and as I said before, I’m a firm believer in child safety while traveling too! Thanks again! Michele 🙂

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