This weekend is the unofficial kickoff of summer which means kids will be out of school, if they aren’t already, and the summer vacations will begin. But are your kids ready for summer travel? We know they are ready to be out of school but what about being ready to travel safely? Make sure your car seat is installed properly with some of these car seat safety tips!
Use the “Inch Test” and the “Pinch Test” – To start off, pinch the car seat strap near the child’s shoulder. If you can pinch a wrinkle in the fabric, tighten the strap until it is snug on your child. The Inch Test is when you 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 any direction, tighten it!
Take Time to Cool Off & Then Buckle Up – Temperatures get pretty high here in the summer which means the car seat in your Toyota or other vehicle is even hotter. Take some extra time to cool the car down before putting your child in their seat. Make sure the buckles aren’t hot so they don’t burn your child. If they are hot, try opening the windows or putting on the AC before strapping your child in for the car ride. Remember to NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN ALONE IN THE CAR! The temperature of your car will escalate very quickly in the summer months so make sure you take your child with you! Even if you think it will only be a minute or two.
Buy A Car Seat, Don’t Rent One – If you are renting a car this summer for your travels, don’t rent the car seat with it, bring your own. When you rent a car seat there’s a high chance you won’t know all of the important facts about its history that could affect its ability to protect your child. Most airlines allow you to check your car seat for free so that’s one less worry for you!
Secure Loose Items in the Car – Make sure you secure any loose items in the vehicle. Especially any summer travel essentials like your beach chairs, umbrellas, suitcases, coolers, etc. In the event of a crash, these items could become projectiles and hurt you or your children. Making sure they are secure will help eliminate the likelihood of this happening.
These are just a few of the great tips to get your kids ready for summer travel! If your car needs tuned up before you hit the road, make sure you stop by and see our service department!
Have a great summer and safe travels!