The adventure begins……your packing up the car with your family for the first vacation of the summer. Phone charger ✓Snacks ✓ Luggage ✓ Tank full ✓ tablets ✓…..what about car seats? What about your pets? As your planning your family trips this summer it’s important to keep your most valuable cargo safe on the road. Your children and pets are at the most at risk in the event of an accident, however, utilizing proper safety measures can significantly reduce that risk. In 2015, according to NHTSA, 240 children’s lives were saved by car seats. If your child falls within recommended height or weight for a car seat they should be in a car seat. There are three types of car seats rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster seats. Here are some safety basics to keep in mind while planning your next vacation.
Rear-facing seats are designed to reduce the stress damage to the neck and spine of a child during an accident. Once your child has outgrown this they will move onto a forward-facing seat. Forward-facing car seats have the advantage of being able to be convertible from a booster seat. They are designed to limit the forward moment of your child in the instance of a crash. Booster seats are designed to properly align the seat belt with the child to allow it to function properly in the event of an accident.
Here are some other quick tips to remember when driving with your family:
- Never let anyone in your vehicle ride unrestrained. A seat belt is always better than nothing.
- Never put a shoulder beat behind the back of a child. This eliminates all head and chest protection
- Never forget your own seat belt. Lead by example.
If your pets are making the trip with you it’s important to keep their safety in mind as well. Make sure you never let your dog drive in the front seat with you. Not only is it an additional distraction to you but it also carries many of the same dangers that having a child in the front seat does. When the airbag deploys the impact can cause death or serious injury to your dog. Additionally never let your dog drive in the bed or your truck. Not only is there the danger of your dog jumping out, but going over bumps can cause your pet to be thrown from the vehicle. Whenever you are traveling with your pet make sure they are properly restrained in the back of your vehicle for their safety and yours.
Our family means everything to us at The LaFontaine Automotive Group, and so does your family! Please keep your family safe on the roads this summer.