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Winter is Here which means it’s time to bundle up and stay warm and healthy during the Cold Winter months. However, there’s one thing that parents tend to forget during this time is that certain precautions are necessary for keeping your little one safe while out on the road. Check out some great Winter Car Seat Safety tips from Global Safety Expert, Allana Pinkerton.
As winter comes upon us, it is time to get flu shots, take extra vitamin C, stay hydrated and bundle up. If you are spending time outdoors in cold weather, wearing heavy coats is a necessity. However, when your child rides in his or her car seat wrapped up in a heavy winter coat, the harness will not be protecting them properly. Wearing such a bulky coat and being strapped into a 5-point harness is also hot and uncomfortable, making it a miserable car ride for your child.
Harness webbing, like seat belt webbing, secures an occupant in the vehicle during a crash. Belt webbing “likes” bone. This is why it is necessary for the belts to fit across the strongest bones in our bodies; our hips, thighs, chest and shoulders. Seat belts and harness webbing not only keep us from being ejected in a crash, but they also help with “ride down,” allowing the crash forces to spread across the strongest parts of the body. This is important in order to reduce injuries and death.
The harness might feel tight when you buckle a child while they’re wearing a heavy coat. During a crash all of that extra fabric will compress, leaving the harness with too much slack. The safest option is to harness your child first, then put their coat on backwards over the harness, or wrap them in a blanket over the harness. This way the harness is properly tightened and they still stay nice and warm. Adults are also at risk when wearing a winter coat under the lap/shoulder belt. At the very least we should unbutton our coats when riding in the car. The best option is to remove your coat all together.
Remember, proper fit for a 5-point harness means snug and comfortable and you cannot pinch the webbing at the collar bone. With older children in booster seats, be sure the lap belt is low on the hips/high on the thighs and the shoulder portion on the center of the collar bone. This goes for adults too. If you are pregnant, the rules stay the same.
Other important winter travel tips:
- Make sure you have the proper tires on your car and that your treads are still in good shape, and carry chains with you.
- Throw a safety/supply kit in the car. You never know when bad weather might leave you stranded. Be sure to pack up blankets, food, water, diapers, wipes, etc. for emergencies.
- Always carry an extra charge pack for your cell phone too. Even if you are just going a few miles from home, always be prepared.
- Be sure the heat is working in the car.
- Keep your gas tank full, rather than on fumes.
- Give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination.
- Keep a safe distance between yourself and the car ahead of you, and make sure your brakes are in good working order.
- When you reach your destination Look Before You Lock and do not leave your child unattended in the car, no matter what. Even a few minutes in cold temperatures can be dangerous for baby.
Stay safe and look forward to those warm summer days.
While it is common for parents to complain about the weight of car seats, one can agree that their child’s safety is the #1 factor in choosing a seat. Yes, carrying around a 20lb. child inside of a hefty seat can be strenuous, but that is easily outweighed by the peace of mind that your child is safe and secure when traveling.
diono, a leading manufacturer of child safety seats also understand that safety is paramount for your little ones. Parents continuously recommend their seats despite what they think of the weight, as the weight in diono seats is incurred by the following, including but not limited to:
- Full steel frame and aluminum reinforced sides
- Energy absorbing EPS foam and side impact protection
- Safe Stop® energy-absorbing harness
With the features on the Diono seats, heavy means safe. And heavy is good. VERY good.
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