thinking about travel
safety for children, most people think of
vacations and holidays trips by plane or car. Don't forget most kids'
traveling is done locally and daily - to school, to the mall, or to a
local soccer match. Most accidents happen near home rather than away so
parents should make sure their kids travel as safely locally as they do
Child safety seats are an easy way (and, required by law) to reduce the
risk of serious injury in an accident. Choose a safety seat that fits
your child according to his size, age, weight, and, to your type of
vehicle. You should purchase different seats to fit as baby goes from
newborn to toddler. Local agencies such as police, fire, and public
health departments will gladly assist you in fitting your child with
the proper safety seat.
child reaches 4 ft. 9 in., he can be restrained using a seat
belt without a booster seat. Make sure the child is able to use the lap
and shoulder belts while sitting with his back against the seat and his
knees bent over the edge of the seat without having to slouch. The seat
belt should rest low on top of the thighs and the shoulder belt should
lie comfortably across the middle of the chest. Every child's body
develops differently; if your child at 4 ft. 9 in. can't use the seat
belt/shoulder harness comfortably, keep using a booster seat.
Whether traveling short or long distances, kids should not lean out of
the vehicle's window or stick their arms or legs out of a moving
vehicle. Leaning out the window of a moving vehicle is a big no-no as
the child could lose her balance and fall out of the car. Discourage
horseplay to minimize distracting the driver. Impress upon your child
the importance of following safety rules when they're riding when
relatives or friends' parents.
travel is a big part of kids' lives so they need travel
safety rules for this mode of transport. Wait until the school bus
comes to a complete stop and the driver opens the door before stepping
into the roadway to enter the bus. If the bus is equipped with seat
belts, kids should use them and remain belted until they get off the
bus. Don't distract the bus driver with loud noise or rough play with
child reaches her destination, she
should ALWAYS get off by walking in front of the bus, never behind it.
The school bus driver must be able to see the child walk in front of
the bus and cross the street in order to know when it is safe to
continue driving. If your child drops something while crossing in front
of the bus, he should return to the bus and alert the driver BEFORE
picking up the dropped item. It is important that the bus driver be
able to see the child at all times to avoid running over him.
common sense travel tips will help get little (and big) kids to their
destinations safe and sound every time.