We're all aware how important it is take care on long road trips. You should allow plenty of time in advance to prepare for your vacation trip, planning the route, making sure the car is fully serviced, and organizing the luggage distribution, child seat and seat belts before you go. However, we often don't pay the same amount of attention to short car journeys. Whether you're off to the beach or on a longer journey to your holiday destination, safety must be the number one priority.
It's a big mistake to think that for a 10 minute car journey it's not worth fitting the child seat because it will take you longer than the actual trip. Never forget that an accident, by definition, is an unforeseeable event, but in most cases it is avoidable or at the very least you can take action to minimize the consequences. When you're on that short 10-minute journey there's nothing to stop a distracted driver or someone who's over the limit from driving into you. We can't stop other drivers from this kind of negligence that we might be unlucky enough to be on the receiving end of, but we can reduce the risks and consequences. This is why it's so important to be prepared.
ALWAYS IN THE BACK, EVEN IF THE JOURNEY IS ONLY 5 MINUTES
The car's packed to the rafters, you're in a hurry and everyone's already in their swimsuits... but that's no excuse. On every trip, whatever the time of day and whatever the type of journey, children must be secured in their child restraint system and everyone else in the car must be wearing a seat belt.
Don't forget that in vehicles with up to nine seats, including the driver, children under 1.35 cm tall must go in the back seats and be seated in an approved child restraint system suitable for their weight and height , in accordance with the law. They must always be seated in the back unless the vehicle has no back seats, or all the back seats are occupied by other children in their respective child seats, or if a child restraint system cannot be affixed to those particular seats.
In all other cases children must always sit in the back in a child seat.
Fundación MAPFRE recommends you continue using the approved child restraint system suited to the child's weight and height until he/she is at least 150 cm tall.
In this respect, if the requirement is for the seat and the child to be facing backwards, this should still be the case. In this article we take a look at the "The benefits of children always using rear-facing seats." Children should use rear-facing seats until they are at least 15 months old and the recommendation is for this to continue until the age of four.
SPECIAL CARE AT BEACHES AND SWIMMING POOLS
Finally, remember to dry your child thoroughly and remove as much sand as possible when you go to the beach to avoid anything interfering with the mechanisms of the child seat.
Over time, inappropriate use of the CRS can speed up its deterioration and hence its effectiveness. Clean the seat well.
Obviously anything you take down to the beach should be put in the trunk. Nothing should be left loose inside the car itself as this can turn into a missile in the event of sudden braking.