Have you recently had a baby and don't know how to go about taking it on its first summer journey in the car? In ‘Children's Road Safety’ we provide you with a number of recommendations so that you can make your automobile journey totally safe.
- Always use a child restraint system.
When referring to babies, we are mainly talking about those known as ‘Maxi-Cosi’ or cribs i.e. child seats belonging to Groups 0 and 0+ (R44/04) or child seats that can offer protection for heights up to 105 cm (i-Size). The child seat must be specifically for newborns and small babies. A carrycot is much more appropriate for walks with a baby buggy, especially during the first few months of life.
Children should travel facing the rear up to the age of 15 months. Even so, we at Fundación MAPFRE recommend doing so until the child is four years old.
- Never travel carrying a child in your arms . In this crash test carried out by Fundación MAPFRE you can see the consequences of carrying a child on your lap:
- Install the child seat correctly and strap the baby in securely . If it is the first time you are going to use a child seat, it is recommendable to practice installing it several times. Use the Isofix system to avoid mistakes when anchoring it in place.
- It is compulsory for child seats to go on the rear seats. The only exceptions are if the vehicle does not have rear seats, if the rear seats are already occupied by other children in child seats or if child seats cannot be placed on them. The central rear seat is the safest one.
- If, due to one of the exceptions, the child travels in the front passenger seat facing towards the rear, it is compulsory to deactivate the airbag.
- The baby should not be seated in too upright a position. An intermediate position is recommended between horizontal and vertical using reducers for better support. Here you have all the information for avoiding positional asphyxia.
- Plan the journey and schedule rest stops. Frequent stops should be made, especially when traveling with a baby. A stop every hour and a half or two hours is recommended. At every stop the baby should be removed from the car seat to be able to stretch and change position. These stops can be used to feed the baby and keep it hydrated. Feeding the baby while the car is in motion is not recommended because their posture is not ideal.
- Maintain a reasonable temperature in the vehicle, especially when traveling with a baby. It should be a pleasant temperature, not too hot or cold. Also avoid air-conditioning blowing directly onto the baby.
- Never leave a baby inside a car, especially in the summer. Babies are more susceptible to heat stroke. That is why special attention should be paid to their temperature.
- You should tale all of the equipment needed for the baby's comfort: diapers, changing mat, wet-wipes, feeding bottle, change of clothes, etc.
- Take a toy along to keep them occupied so long as it is soft, light and without sharp edges...