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How to keep your kids safe while traveling?

May 9, 2024 | Jany Martinez Ward
How to keep your kids safe while traveling?

Driving long distances with the youngest members of the household on board can be challenging. However, the family vacation and the feeling of traveling together will be worth it.

We must never forget how important it is to have all the safety measures at our disposal when we want to drive long distances. This is to minimize possible negative consequences of an accident.

Statistics reveal that car accidents are unfortunately common occurrences, with a staggering 77% of motorists in the US having been in at least one accident in their lifetime. Considering this, it's crucial to take proactive steps to minimize the risk and ensure the safety of everyone in the vehicle.

Tips for Traveling Long Distances with Kids:

  • Proper Restraint Systems: Ensure children are securely fastened in age-appropriate car seats, booster seats, or seat belts, depending on their age, weight, and height. Use rear-facing car seats for infants and toddlers, forward-facing seats for older children, and booster seats for those who have outgrown traditional car seats but are not yet tall enough for adult seat belts.
  • Positioning: Place car seats and boosters in the back seat, away from airbags, to prevent injury in the event of a collision. The center of the back seat is the safest spot for car seats, as it offers the most protection from side impacts.
  • Avoid Distractions: Minimize distractions while driving by keeping toys, snacks, and other items within reach of the driver. Encourage children to remain seated and occupied with activities such as books, games, or movies to prevent them from wandering or causing distractions.
  • Frequent Breaks: Plan regular rest stops along your route to allow children to stretch their legs, use the restroom, and burn off excess energy. Break up long journeys into manageable segments to prevent fatigue and maintain focus while driving.
  • Weather Preparedness: Check the weather and road conditions before leaving on your journey. Be prepared for adverse weather by packing essentials such as blankets, water, snacks, and emergency supplies in case of unexpected delays or emergencies.
  • Vehicle Maintenance: Ensure your vehicle is in optimal condition by scheduling a thorough inspection before embarking on a long trip. Check tire pressure, fluid levels, brakes, and lights to reduce the risk of mechanical failure on the road.
  • Driver Alertness: Avoid driving while tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Get plenty of rest before setting out on your journey, and take turns driving with another adult to stay alert and focused behind the wheel.

By following these guidelines and prioritizing safety, you can minimize the risk of accidents and ensure a safe and enjoyable journey for your family. Remember, it's better to arrive at your destination safely than to rush and risk putting your loved ones in harm's way.

We at The Ward Law Group wish that all your trips go smoothly. We will know there will always be a shield of good vibes to protect your whole family when you want to explore a neighboring state. 

The good thing about those trips is that they stay in your memory. There are moments when time seems to stand still. Those tapes will be part of our memories—small magical moments of life.

Contact us if you have been in an accident while riding a car and receive a free case evaluation! 

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Jany Martinez Ward

Jany Martínez-Ward is a Founding and Managing Partner of The Ward Law Group, PL, a Florida law firm representing victims of car accidents. She focuses her practice on providing legal representation to Hispanic clients that have become injured in a car accident as a result of the negligence of others. In 2018, The National Trial Lawyers Association recognized Jany as one of the top attorneys in the state and among the top 40 under 40 attorneys.


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