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Safety on the Road & Week in Review

Dear Debi,
How can I keep my kids safe on the road?
Debi's Tips
Debi Gutierrez
Debi Gutierrez
  • Before the trip, make sure car is in good working condition
  • Check that child safety seat is installed correctly
  • Activate child safety locks and remove any possible choking hazards from car
  • Never leave kids alone in a car
  • Don’t forget to bring a first aid kit
Week in Review
Don’t forget about the great things that we learned this week:
Expert Advice
Dr. Michael Bryant
Dr. Michael Bryant
The first thing you should do before packing for a family outing is to make sure your car is in good working order. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that you have your tires, battery, belts, fluids, and air conditioner checked by a qualified mechanic. If you're driving in a hot climate, you may need motor oil with a higher viscosity.

Eight out of ten car seats aren't installed correctly, putting children at serious risk for injury or death. If you’re not sure if your car seats or booster seats are installed 100 percent correctly, call 866-SEAT-CHECK to find a nearby location for a free safety-seat inspection.

Equip all family members with sun block and sunglasses. You may even want to pop hats on your little ones' heads and invest in a sunshade for your backseat. When you leave the car, cover safety seats with blankets so they don't get too hot and burn a baby's skin. Do a touch test before letting pint-sized passengers pile in. Never, ever leave kids alone in the car. With the outside temperature at just 80 degrees, the interior of a parked car can reach deadly temperatures in just seconds.

Inspect the car before your kids pile into the car. Make sure child safety locks are activated on any windows and doors that are within the reach of curious hands. You'll also need to remove any poisonous substances, such as washer fluid, from your backseat. Next, look around for choking hazards -- knobs that pop off easily, loose change between the seat cushions -- and remove potential projectiles (hard books, toys, etc.). When your vehicle is traveling at 40 miles an hour, so is everything else in it. Stop suddenly or get in a crash and anything that's not strapped down will keep moving until it hits something, like you or your child.

Finally, remember to pack a first aid kit. First aid kits should include:

For baby
Jars of baby food
Bottled water
2 or 3 changes of clothes including a jacket

For older kids
2 or 3 changes of clothes, including a jacket
Bottled water
Canned food
Can opener
Favorite non-perishable food, such as granola bars

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