Child Passenger Safety for Holiday Traveling
Everyone has their own family holiday traditions. They can range from decorating the house, to baking cookies or something as simple as having a specific meal on a certain day. Toyota is hoping to add another tradition that has to do with child passenger safety for holiday traveling. Many people have to travel to meet with family and friends for the holidays and it’s important to do it safely. Today we’re going to look at some child passenger safety tips.
Child Passenger Safety
- Make Sure Everyone is Informed
If you plan on switching drivers or vehicles during your stay, make sure that everyone knows the proper practices for car seats, booster seats and seat belts. It’s important that all children are properly restraint in vehicles.
- Don’t Get Used
It can be tempting to accept a re-gifted car seat, but this is one item you should never get second-hand. You have no way of knowing the history of the seat and a past crash or normal use can compromise its ability to protect. It’s best to buy a new car seat when needed.
- Car Seats Expire
Many families are surprised to learn that car seats actually have expiration dates. Make it a tradition to check your car seat’s expiration date during the holiday season to make sure you don’t need to purchase a new seat.
- Booster Seats
Booster seats aren’t just for the dining room table. Boost seats are also used in vehicles for children under 4’9″. They need to be raised up in order for the seat belt to work properly.
- Face the Right Way
One common concern for parent’s is when to turn the car seat around. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children remain in rear-facing seats until age two or until they exceed the height or weight limit for that particular car seat.
These are just a few holiday travel safety tips for those traveling with children. Here at Toyota Palo Alto we hope you have a happy and safe holiday season, no matter where you are headed. If you are in need of a new vehicle, stop in today for a test drive. We can help you learn all about our family friendly vehicles including the 2015 Toyota Sienna. Call or visit Toyota Palo Alto today!