Given that going on a 15 minute trip is not the same as a 4 hour one, we offer a series of recommendations for long trips, especially if this is your first long trip by car with a child.
- Have everything you need for the trip prepared. Plan your journey and let your child know how long the journey will take more or less,. Let them know when you will be taking rest stops and how they can entertain themselves during the journey.
- Remember that a child less than 135cm tall should travel in an approved child restraint system appropriate to their weight and height and it should be installed on the vehicle's rear seats (check the regulations here). If the child often travels in the car, he or she will have their own child seat, which we would use for a long journey if it is still appropropriate for the child's size. We should check what weight or height the child seat can withstand for optimal safety. We will know that the time has come to change the child seat when the child's head is higher than the backrest and the headrest.
Otherwise you will need to purchase a new child restraint system We have come up with a few tips on how to choose the most appropriate child car seat and how to make your journey safely.
If the child can now use a booster or the seat belt itself, remember that it should be properly adjusted. This is how we know that the seat belt is correctly adjusted.
- Install the child car seat correctly and secure the child well. Follow these tips in order to do it right.
- Ensure that the child is travelling in a rear-facing child seat, and especially up to the age of 4.
- If you have a large family, everyone should be correctly seated: with their respective child car seat and seat belt. Here we offer some tips on how to travel safely by car.
- Your baggage should be secured in place. It is best to store the baggage in the boot, with a physical separation between the passengers and the load. Everything in the passenger compartment of the car should be well-secured so that nothing can potentially break loose in the event of a sudden braking.
If travelling with very young children we need to make sure that they cannot put any of these objects or toys in their mouth.
- If we are going to travel with a pet, such as the family dog, for example, the animal must also be properly secured in place Here you can see how a child and a dog should travel safely.
- We should bring water with us in order to keep hydrated and it is also a good idea to take a first aid kit. Make sure to always have any necessary medication to hand. We have a special section on recommendations for how to travel with children with 'special needs’.
- Take frequent rest stops. We recommend stopping for a break every 2 hours. If your child is traveling in a CRS such as the ‘maxi-cosi’ it is best to take breaks more often. Use this rest stop to take the child out of the child car seat so they can stretch.
- Make sure there the passenger cabin is a comfortable temperature. It should not be too cold or too hot. Air conditioning can be used but care should be taken that cold air is not blowing directly on the child.