During winter it is important to ensure your child is as safe as possible when you’re travelling by car. Here are a few of our tips for you to avoid any winter car seat mishaps.
During winter it is important to ensure your child is as safe as possible when you’re travelling by car. We know protecting your child is the main priority so here are a few of our tips for you to avoid any winter car seat mishaps.
1. Remove winter jackets before strapping your child into the car seat
Children wearing winter jackets in car seats is a common mistake. Wrapping your children in thick layers means that you are creating a much bigger gap between your child’s chest and the straps. If you were to remove the winter jacket, you’d find the straps are shockingly loose. That space is dangerous when in a crash, since the more time before an object is stopped by another object, the more damage that’s done. If you are able to pinch the straps of the car seat harness, then this means it needs tightening to fit against your child’s chest.
Test it yourself
Even if it seems like you can get the harness tight enough with a coat on, it will never be enough in the event of an accident.
If you find yourself sceptical, we encourage you to see the differences for yourself in an at-home test:
Place your child in their seat, wearing their winter gear.
Tighten the harness as much as possible.
Without loosening the harness, unbuckle your child and remove them from the seat.
As you can see at home, the harness is much looser. Not to worry, there are solutions! Read below for a few options to keep your kiddos warm while in their car seats through the winter.
Have your child wear clothes made from fleece or wool
Clothes with natural fibres, like cotton and wool are great for winter and help to maintain body heat. They’re comfy, warm and gentle on the skin. You can dress your child in a hat, mittens and warm socks or booties to keep their head, hands and feet warm.
Take an extra blanket with you in the car
You can allow your child to snuggle up with a blanket that is placed over them and tucked around the sides after buckling up. If you have an older child you can put the child’s coat on backward over their arms to keep them warm without compromising safety. It is best to keep in mind that the layer on top is removable so the child doesn’t get too hot.
2. Give yourself plenty of time
If you’re planning to head out the door with your little ones, you definitely need an early start. Try to give yourself plenty time as you have a lot to assemble, and it may take longer than usual given the weather conditions. Taking that extra few minutes to make sure the car seat is secured in place and there isn’t anything obstructing the child or the car seat is worth it. Plus, driving in such conditions means you will have to drive slowly and carefully so those extra few minutes can allow you to travel in peace.
3. Always pack extra
Keep extra clothes, blankets, hat, gloves and additional snacks in case of any emergency whilst on the road or out and about.
Keeping your children warm and safe makes for a safer, quieter, and less stressful ride for everyone. We hope that by preparing yourself with the information available you can drive a little easier knowing you’re prepared in case of the worst.