Keeping your kids safe on a car trip: 3 tips

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

You and your family are finally taking a trip that’s been planned for a while. The destination is a few hours away by car and your priority is getting there in one piece. 

It’s not always easy to travel with kids. They can become restless, which is understandable at a young age. Hopefully, the following three tips will help to keep you all safe:

1. Do safety checks before setting off 

Depending on the age of your children, you may have child seats in the back. These should be well-fitting and in good condition. Before setting off, you should also check that they are thoroughly secure. If your child is too big for a car seat, then make sure they are buckled in and understand the importance of keeping their belt on. 

2. Keep distractions to a minimum 

As mentioned, children can become restless, particularly on long trips. It may be useful for them to have computer devices or some songs to listen to. Just make sure that they don’t become a distraction. Headphones can help ensure that you don’t hear any of the noise coming from video games, movies, or loud music. 

3. Use caution when making rest stops

Road safety doesn’t stop at the end of a journey. If you’re on a long journey, then you’ll most likely need to stop somewhere for a break and some refreshments. Unfortunately, an overwhelming number of car accidents involving children occur in car parks. Make sure your children know not to jump out of the vehicle before you have checked to see if they’re safe to exit. 

If you or your child have been hurt in a collision that was caused by another road user, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Seeking legal guidance will give you a better idea of your options.