Driving with the whole family is a real privilege. Sometimes all piling in on a Sunday afternoon is one of the best feelings. It’s a great bonding experience for everyone. It’s also a chance to catch up. Under these circumstances, we’re sure that you want to keep everyone as safe as possible. That’s why we went through some of the most common ways to keep your family safe when you’re all driving together. Keep reading for more info.
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How To Keep Safe While Having Fun Driving?
There is no one way to drive a car and there is no one way to be safe having everyone in the car with you. However, there are several ways that you and your family can be as safe as possible when traveling.
- Make sure that you are prepared. Know where you are going, about how long it will take, and get everyone ready. Pack plenty of food and water. Books and tablets for the kids is a good step.
- Safety first. Make sure that the tires are inflated and ready to go. Ensure that everyone is buckled in– no exceptions!
- Stop when you have to. You’re with the family– there is no rush. Make sure that you stop when everyone needs to. This can include breaks to use the bathroom or to pick up food and drinks. Furthermore, it keeps everyone energized and staves away boredom. It’s amazing how much just getting out and stretching your legs can do on a long trip.
These are just some of the ways to keep your family ready, fresh, and safe on a long trip. Do you have any you’d like to share?
How to Travel With Kids– In Any Situation
Car, Plane, Bus, or Anything Else?
Sometimes traveling with young ones is something that a parent just dreads. They know how their kids are. They know how long the trip is going to take. Sometimes just thinking about it can be very stressful. However, with the right planning and foresight, it doesn’t have to be a chore. In many cases it can be a fun new family memory.
The Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorney, APLC presents you with several ways that you can ensure a safer, more fun experience with your family. We’re experts in road safety and want to use our experience to make yours a little less dangerous.
How Can I Travel in Style and Safety?
- Make sure that you are prepared. This can run the gamut from checking your passports, making sure there’s plenty to drink, and a full assortment of clothes. You don’t want to be headed back at the last minute to pick something up.
- Safety first! Regardless of whether you are traveling in your car, on a plane, or elsewhere, you need to ensure your kids’ safety. Bring the appropriate seat or harness for the situation and their age. Furthermore, check to see if the restraint is rated for the particular travel.
- Keep track of everything. Make sure that your kids know the type of travel you’re doing, the the time involved, and more. The last thing you want is a grouchy kid on your hands.
- Stretch and keep busy. This is an important one for both you and your kids. Get up and stretch your legs every once in a while. Make sure that you have something to distract yourself. Don’t kid yourself about the length of the trip and the potential boredom factor. They all play together as major issues if not addressed.
- With these and other common experiences, your trip should be a fun and memorable one!
How to Use the Seat Belt Safety From an Early Age?
“Tweens” Are No Exception to the Rule
Seatbelt safety is extremely important, no matter what your age. However, there is a bit of a grey area in between the ages of 11-14. They’re too old for a booster seat, but many of them are too young or too small for the regular belt.
In some cases, the three-point belt just doesn’t do the job necessary. All of these factors together mean that there are potential safety issues for parents’ consideration. Not all of them are easy, but some will dramatically increase the safety of their children.
Read about this and more in our ongoing column series by the Ehline Law Firm APLC. Ehline Law is California’s leading car safety experts and advocates.
To Belt or Not to Belt?
A child should always wear their seatbelt. Which one they wear is another story. In some cases, young people should stay in the back seat until they turn 14 and are above 140 pounds. Being in the front seat without the proper ability could lead to severe injury. This could include malfunctions of the three point belt, as well as the airbag. Even a properly working airbag could severely injure or kill a young person in the wrong seat.
As a matter of fact, this middle age group is of particular concern. 80% of all children killed in car crashes in 2012 were between the ages of 8 and 15. Almost half of these were not buckled. Over a third of the dead sat in the front seat– many of whom shouldn’t have. The parents need to know better.
You know how kids can be around that age. Sometimes they may want to sit up front to prove that they can. In other cases, they don’t want to wear the belt at all. You have to make sure that they are taken care of and safe. Be firm if you have to be. There is too much as risk to simply let safety slide.