Oh, how nice would it be if you could just blink and be at your holiday destination? No such luck. Traveling by plane or car, is how many Americans get there, and safety is a top priority. Follow these tips when traveling this holiday season to keep you and your family safe!
Be aware of the Transportation Security Administration’s important security procedures. Even if the airline doesn’t require it, consider purchasing a ticket for your young child so that he or she will have his or her own seat, and therefore own safety belt and oxygen mask. Always follow instructions regarding storing personal belongings and wearing your safety belt.
Follow safe driving practices. Stay focused on the road. Stop driving if you’re too tired to drive safely; don’t rely on caffeine to keep you alert. Stop driving if you need to text or check information on your phone or map. Stop driving if you need to tend to children. Have movies, games or books handy to keep children occupied while you drive. Obey the speed limit and always err on the side of caution.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns that automobile accidents are the leading cause of death of children between the ages of 3 and 14. Use the right car seat for your child, depending on his or her age, height and weight, and make sure it is installed in a back seat according to the manufacturer’s directions. (NHTSA estimates that 75 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly, and offers a list of car seat inspection locations.)From birth until 1 year of age, children should ride in a rear-facing car seat.
- Between 1 and 3 years of age, children should remain in a rear-facing car seats as long as possible and until they surpass the manufacturer’s maximum height or weight recommendation. Then they should ride in a front-facing car seat.
- Between 4 and 7 years of age, children should use front-facing car seats as long as possible and until they surpass the manufacturer’s maximum weight or height recommendation. Then they should ride in a booster seat.
- Between 8 and 12 years of age, children should remain in a booster seat until a seat belt fits properly.
- Children should be at least 13 before riding in the front seat.
To learn more about health and safety, visit Central Florida Regional Hospital online.