Whether you are hitting the road for a cross-country family visit, taking a ski trip later in the winter or flying to a far-off beach for some warmth and sunshine, these winter travel tips from Evenflo’s Safety Advocate and certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, Sarah Haverstick, will help keep your little ones safe.
1. Baby, it’s cold outside!
Remember to take off bulky coats before placing your child in his/her car seat. Coats can compress during a crash. When the brisk winter winds are blowing, keep the baby warm by putting the coats on backwards over the harness. Simply secure your child in the seat, then slip his or her arms through the coat and lay it over the top of the car seat. You can also keep extra blankets in the car to place over your child and the car seat.
2. Installation matters
Did you know that approximately 70 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly? Make sure to have your car seat checked by a certified car seat technician before you hit the road.
3. Fly safely
It is recommended that all children use age-appropriate car seats on planes. That true even kids under 2 who are eligible to ride on an adult’s lap, saving the cost of buying one more plane ticket. Check with your carrier; some offer discounted rates to purchase seats for children under 2. Ask whether the carrier has any restrictions about car seat use in flight.
Even if you don’t purchase a seat for your baby, take your car seat to the gate. It’s possible there will be an empty seat on the plane and the gate attendant will assign it you and your baby without charge. If not, you can gate check the car seat and pick up it at your final destination. Finally, before you fly, check the label on your car seat to make sure it is FAA approved.
4. Never leave your baby unattended
This is true whether it is hot or cold. Never leave a child unattended in a car seat.