What precautions should we take into account when we are traveling by car with children and it is raining? We should put into practice a series of safe behaviors when driving and we should also remember certain guidelines for the safety of young children on these trips.
ADVICE FOR DRIVING IN THE RAIN
In the article entitled ‘Advice for adverse weather conditions’ we provide tips for driving safely in particularly difficult situations such as in the pouring rain.
Before getting behind the wheel we should make sure that the car is in perfect condition and for this reason we need to check key elements such as liquid levels, the wheels (their condition, tread, depth) and their pressure, the brake functioning and liquid, the windscreen wipers, and check that all the lights work and are well regulated.
We should regularly service the vehicle and particularly on long trips and before the onset of winter when driving becomes more complicated. However, we should of course always carry out the vehicle servicing indicated by the manufacturer.
In terms of driving on the roads, we should do so calmly and responsibly, observing all the traffic rules. It is advisable to reduce speed and adjust to the road conditions and the weather. Furthermore, it is a good idea to increase the safety distance in order to be able to react to unforeseen circumstances. We should be aware that when it is raining, and particularly during the first few drops of rain, the braking distance increases.
GUARANTEEING CHILDREN'S SAFETY IN THE CAR WHEN IT IS RAINING
However much it is raining, you must always take the time to correctly put the child restraint system in the car and secure the child in it properly. If we have already installed the child car seat, we only need to ensure that it is firmly and properly installed. In order to put the child in the seat, it is advisable to find a place where it is not raining too heavily but if this is not possible, it should not prevent you from placing the child in the CRS. Spend as long as you need to put the child in the seat properly and buckle the harness or seat belt.
Furthermore, before placing the child in the child seat, we should remove their coat or any other bulky clothing which could interfere with securing the child. In this way, we avoid thinking they are properly secured when they are not. We know that a harness is correctly adjusted when we can only get two fingers between the child's body and the harness. The volume of the coat makes the harness too slack and we mistakenly think that it is correctly adjusted. We suggest that children wear their coat until they reach the car and then you can take it off in order to put them in the child car seat.
If we are taking a long trip, it is a good idea to stop and rest more often. Driving in the rain can be stressful and tiring and the children will also be affected by this. Furthermore, we should bear in mind that it is not advisable that small children travel in a maxi cosi for more than two hours in a row.
Lastly, we should prevent children from sitting in their seat if they are wet. Over time the water could damage the different elements of the child car seat. The best idea would be to wait until the child has dried off in order to make the journey.