Car Seat Safety Tips for Parents
School is out soon and for many of us summer means family vacations. Of course the summer season brings warmer weather which brings an entire set of precautions and other things to consider to ensure that we and our families are safe during the heat. If you are taking a vacation and regardless if you are driving or flying, these summer car seat safety tips will come in handy to ensure that your little one is safely secured in their safety seat. Looking for a safe family vehicle? Be sure to check out some of our safest vehicles such as the 2017 Kia Sportage and 2016 Kia Soul.
Top Five Car Seat Safety Tips for Parents
- Inch Test and Pinch Test: This tip is not just useful for the summer months but is useful in general for kids in car seats. Pinch the car seat strap near the child’s shoulder, if you can pinch a wrinkle of fabric, tighten the strap until it is snug. For the inch test, grab the car seat from the back and bottom and tug from side to side and front to back, if the seat moves more than an inch in either direction, tighten it.
- Avoid towels and extra layers: On warm summer days, you may think it is best to put towels or blankets between your child and the car seat to keep them cool but the extra material could interfere with the seat’s ability to restrain the child properly.
- Take time to cool off: The inside of your vehicle can become extremely warm while sitting in the summer heat. Take the extra time and cool down your vehicle, this will help with cooling down your child’s car seat and making sure that the buckles are not hot to the touch. Test the car seat before placing your child in it.
- Don’t rent a car seat: If you are renting a vehicle during your vacation, do not rent a car seat and instead use your own. When you rent a car seat, you don’t know the history of the seat such as the expiration date and crash history. Check with your airline as many will let you check your car seat for free.
- Secure loose items: Make sure that all loose items are secured down as these objects can become projectiles in the event of a crash and seriously injure those inside.
Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death among children and three out of four car seats are incorrectly installed. So use these tips for your travels this summer and really anytime to make sure that your children are as safe and secure as they should be in their car seat.