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Holiday Security Tips On the Road

Watch out for Distracted Drivers and Pedestrians

  1. Watch out for small kids and distracted drivers in parking lots that are busier than usual during the holidays.
  2. Remind your inexperienced teen driver to be extra alert during the holidays when people are more distracted and the weather can be tricky.
  3. Avoid distractions while driving. No text message or playlist is worth the risk of taking your eyes off the road. Set your GPS to voice activated so you can concentrate on driving without having to look at your phone.

Make Sure Every Passenger has a Seat Belt, Car Seat or Booster Seat

  1. Everybody needs their own restraint. Make it a rule: everyone buckled, every ride, every time, whether it’s the long trip to visit family or around the block to the mall.
  2. If you are flying, take your car seat with you and use it on the plane. It will be a benefit to have it with you at your destination and when you travel to and from the airport.
  3. Check your car seat before holiday travel. Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so check it before you hit the road. Here’s a quick car seat checklist to help you out. It takes only 15 minutes. If you are having even the slightest trouble, questions or concerns, certified child passenger safety technicians are able to help or even double check your work.
  4. Safety in the car goes beyond your little ones. Kids who have outgrown a forward-facing harness seat are not ready for a seat belt or front seat yet. They are safest in a booster seat that enables the adult seat belt to fit properly. Even when children have graduated from booster seats, they should remain in the back seat until they reach the age of 13.

Expect the Unexpected on the Road

  1. Have an Exit Strategy on the Road. So now the car is packed, the kids are in the right seat, the seats are installed properly, and you’re on the open road. Nothing can stop you now, right? Wrong. That’s when you hear that all too familiar “howl” that means “I want food” or “Change my diaper.” When it happens, please don’t worry about making good time. Instead, get off at the next exit and find a safe area to feed or change your child.
  2. Expect the unexpected. Secure loose objects. Put hot foods, large gifts and anything that could fly around in a crash in the trunk.
  3. Plan to use a driver or car service to make sure you get home safely if you drink alcohol.