The Labor Day weekend is just a few days away which means there will be additional safety measures you’ll want to take to keep them safe on the road. Each year, around 400 people die on the roads over the Labor Day weekend. Alcohol consumption and travel goes up over holiday weekends, and so do the risks of driving with you and your family. Here’s what you can do to keep your travels safe.
Car Seats and Seatbelts
Before you hit the road, check your child’s car seat to ensure it is properly installed. You’ll also want to ensure that the seat you are using for each child is still rated for their age, weight, and height. Kids grow fast and oftentimes, that means adjusting their seats or buying a new one. Car seats also have expiration dates.
Many people are unaware of this, but they do. Normally the expiration date is printed on a label and imprinted on the plastic on the bottom side of the car seat. Most models expire six to ten years after they are made because plastic can degrade and the parts can wear out making them unsafe for use after the specified expiration.
If your child no longer requires a car seat or booster seat, be sure they are buckled up at all times on the road. An estimated thirty-three percent of all children who die in car accidents were not properly restrained. Seat belts save lives – take the time to buckle up.
For information about properly fitted seats, read our article on How to Choose the Safest Car Seat, and Why it Matters.
The inside of a car can heat up 19 degrees in only 10 minutes. With outside temperatures as low as 70 degrees, the inside of the car can still get up to 100 degrees. Kids are still dying each year due to being left in hot cars. Whether you are just running in to grab a drink or stopping at a rest stop – get the children out of the car with you.
It won’t hurt to wake the sleeping baby while you stretch your legs, but if you leave them in a hot car it could potentially kill them. No matter where you stop or for how long, do not leave your children in the car. For more information on how to prevent hot car deaths, read our more in-depth article on kids and hot cars.
If you are heading out for a celebration with the kids, be sure you have a designated driver. Impaired driving is a major concern, especially on holiday weekends when consumption and road travel goes up. Watch your alcohol consumption and don’t drink and drive this holiday weekend.