As you would expect, December is the busiest travel time of the year. This is why Toyota and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital have joined together to start the Buckle Up for Life injury prevention program to help families stay safe during holiday travel.
The program urges families to start new holiday safety traditions. It lists five steps to help make sure everyone is properly secured in the car.
- Include the whole family. With so many relatives visiting and possibly chauffeuring all the young kids, make sure everyone knows how to properly secure the kids in their appropriate seats.
- No re-gifting. While it might be tempting to save some money and take an old car seat or booster from a family member, this is one item you should always buy new. You can never be sure of a seat’s history and normal wear-and-tear might make it unsafe for your child.
- Seats expire. Just like your holiday leftovers, car seats don’t last forever. Depending on the seat manufacturer, they can last for five to nine years. The expiration date should be printed somewhere on the seat. This holiday season; take a few minutes to make sure none of the seats your children are using are expired.
- Raise your kids up. Even after kids outgrow normal car seats, they still need a booster seat in the car until they are 4’9” tall. Just like a booster seat at the table helps children eat their food better, a booster seat in the car makes sure the seat belt fits them the way it should.
- Look forward while looking back. As you look forward to the New Year, make sure your young children are facing the way they should in the car. Keep your children in rear-facing car seats until they are at least two years old, or reach the weight or height limitations of the car seat.
With these new holiday traditions, you can help ensure everyone makes it through the holidays safely