Common car seat mistakes and solutions for families traveling with children.
Many kids spend a lot of time in the car, so it is important to learn how to keep them safe on the road. There’s a lot to know! Here are two common car seat mistakes parents can easily make.
Common Mistake: Not removing your child’s heavy outerwear
Why: Outerwear can prevent harness straps from securing your child. Most coats leave an average of 4 inches of slack in the straps. The extra space is enough to render the seat useless.
Solution: Children should wear thin warm layers in-place of a bulky coat, with a blanket over your child after the harness is snug and secure.
Common Mistake: Not traveling in your car seat
Why: According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), children under 40lbs are safest in an approved car seat when flying. Strapping children in car seats will can prevent injury.
Solution: It is safest for your child to travel in their own car seat. Parents will not have to worry about renting one that does not properly fit or is difficult to install.