Now that summer is here, a large number of trips will be taken in order to reach our holiday destinations and when returning home afterwards. However, we should also emphasize the significance of short journeys, such as trips to and from the beach or in order to visit a leisure venue. It is precisely during these kinds of short trips that mistakes can be made.
Simply because it may take longer to install the child seat or place the child in it than it does to make the short trip is not a good enough reason to be neglectful of the journey. In order to ensure that the journey is as safe as possible, we have come up with 9 tips to follow when taking short trips:
- Always ensure that the seat belt is fastened and the child restraint system is used.
- Children under 135cm, in addition to using an approved restraint system appropriate for their height and weight, should also always sit on the rear seats. As stipulated by the legislation.
- The child should be seated facing the rear up to 15 months old and until he or she weighs more than 10 kg. At Fundación MAPFRE we recommend doing so until the child is at least 4 years old. If, due to any of the exceptions established in the legislation, the child should travel in the passenger seat, the airbag must be deactivated.
- Make sure that the child is clean and dry, otherwise, coming into contact with the child car seat could bother the child and could also lead to a faster deterioration of the seat. The seat's effectiveness may then be compromised and could also cause discomfort for the child. This could go also go on to affect some of the components of the child car seat.
- Ensure that the child is traveling comfortably. It is a good idea for the child to wear at least light clothing and should not be naked or bare-chested. The harness could rub up against the child's skin and they could also sweat a lot. We recommend reading the article entitled ‘My child sweats a lot. What can I do to make sure that he is more comfortable in the child car seat?’.
- Floats, beach umbrellas, towels…always remember that everything should be secured and nothing should be left untied. This is to ensure that nothing will come loose in the event of an accident or when braking sharply.
- Regardless of how short the trip might be, it is important to take water and keep well hydrated. High temperatures lead to significant water loss. Children are most at risk of this and are rarely aware of the need to drink plenty of water.
- If the trip is by bike or motorbike, remember that young children must always wear a helmet.
- Lastly, never leave a child alone in a car. If the temperature outside is 25 degrees, it only takes 10 minutes for a child to suffer from heatstroke inside the vehicle.