Protect Your Kids During Thanksgiving Road Trips

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If you’re going to be traveling any considerable distance for Thanksgiving next week, then this is the perfect time of the year to revisit the precautions that need to be taken in order to protect children.  The roads will be packed with families, and you want to make sure that your family reaches its destination safely.  Thankfully, the Florida Departments of Transportation and of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles have related some important safety tips in a new report.

Buckling up is one of the most important things you can do to ensure safety, but while that should be sufficient for most adults, a little more time has to be taken to vouch for the security of children in the backseats.  Children absolutely must be placed into a car seat, not just on lengthier trips like this, but on all rides in the car.

The seat you purchase should be new so that you can rest assured that it meets the latest regulations and that it hasn’t suffered any other type of damage that may not be readily visible.  You should follow the instructions on each seat so that you can be sure your child’s size is right for the unit and that you’re installing the seat correctly.

If your children are younger than 12, this isn’t the time to move them up to the front seat, as the eruption of the airbag can be quite dangerous.  Keep them in the back on this trip and future trips until you can be sure they’re large enough to tolerate the force of an airbag.