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Baby on Board: Tips for Driving with Babies, Toddlers, and Grandparents

As a parent, ensuring the safety of your baby or toddler is of utmost importance, especially when it comes to car travel. This applies to grandparents and the elderly as well. Here are some tips, tricks, and recommendations to keep you and your little ones safe while on the road.

Use a Car Seat

Not only is using a car seat mandatory by law in a lot of countries, it’s also one of the most effective ways to protect your child in case of an accident. Make sure to choose the right car seat for your child's age, weight, and height. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when installing the car seat, and make sure it’s tightly secured!

Choose Rear-Facing Car Seats for Infants

For infants up to 2 years old, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a rear-facing car seat. These offer the best protection for their fragile necks and spines. Be sure to position the car seat at the right angle to ensure your baby's airway is open and not blocked.

Choose Forward-Facing Car Seats for Toddlers

Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, it's time to switch to a forward-facing one! This type of car seat offers a harness system that secures your child and distributes the force of impact over their body in the event of an accident. Again, make sure to choose the appropriate car seat based on their age, weight, and height.

Use Booster Seats for Older Children

Older children who have outgrown their forward-facing car seat need a booster seat. This type of car seat will lift your child's body and allow the seat belt to fit them correctly. Always make sure the lap belt fits snugly across the top of their thighs, and the shoulder belt fits across the middle of their chest and shoulder.

Don't Leave Children Unattended

Never leave your child alone in the car, especially in hot weather. Even a few minutes in a parked car can quickly become dangerous, leading to heatstroke or other health problems.

Bring Extra Supplies

If you're planning a road trip, it's always a good idea to bring extra supplies, like snacks, drinks, diapers, and a change of clothes. Make sure to pack toys, books, or other entertainment to keep your child entertained during the journey and less likely to cause dangerous distractions while you’re driving.

Take Breaks Often

Long car rides can be challenging for children, so it's critical to take frequent breaks. Get out of the car, stretch your legs, and let your child run around for a bit. This will help them burn off some energy and reduce the risk of boredom and frustration.

Get the Right Coverage

Car safety is crucial when traveling with babies and toddlers, and so is having the right auto coverage. Your Cushman agent can help walk you through your options, explain your coverage, and pick the right policy for you and your family. Contact your local independent Cushman Insurance agent today to learn more.



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