Approximately 90% of American families celebrate the festive season this year traveling by car somewhere. These trips are becoming longer distances and for longer periods of time, according to the Department of Transportation of the United States.
This season, it becomes more vital than ever to ensure that all occupants of a vehicle, especially children, traveling safely.
In 2011, one in three children died because they were not properly protected, and almost half of the children were African American or Hispanic.
Even if cars and trucks are being built more efficiently than ever before, research shows that the best way to prevent deaths and injuries to children caused by car crashes is the use of child restraint systems appropriate to the age and size of children and know how to properly position them.
Therefore, Toyota and Medical Center of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital joined in 2004 to create the Buckle Up for Life program or Buckle Up For Life (by name), a nationwide program of education on the community which is dedicated to train families on the proper use of safety belts and child safety seats, and which provides free car seats to families in financial need.
Sponsored by Toyota has provided the necessary funds to subsidize over 40,000 free seats security for families suffering economic deprivation and educate more than 17,000 people in 14 cities.
Buckle Up for Life works to improve the safety of passengers Hispanic children during the holiday season, one of the
busiest seasons on the road
The Buckle Up for Life program offers parents and caregivers some tips when thinking essential to protect the lives of children:
Tip 1: Use the Inch Test (Inch) and the Pinch Test (Pinch).
Before you go for a walk with your family during the holidays – even if you are traveling a short distance – confirms if your child safety seat is installed correctly.
Tip 2: Take off winter coat your child.
Before placing your child in the car seat, be sure to take your winter coat. A winter coat can be an obstacle to adjust correctly holders. They could also be harmful in a car crash, compromising the ability of seats to protect your child.
Tip 3: Traveling by plane? Check if the seat has been approved by the FAA.
If you plan to use the car safety seat for your child / a trip on a plane, make sure the seat is approved by the FAA. You can find proof about whether the car seat your child is approved by the FAA adhered to.
Tip 4: Do not rent a car safety seat for children. If you are renting a car, use your own child safety seat. Remember that when you hire a car seat for children do not know important information on it,
The good news is that many airlines allow you to bring your own car seat when traveling at no additional cost.
Tip 5: Make sure you pack safely and securely all the objects you have on your car.
Make sure all gifts, luggage and other items are packaged securely in your vehicle. These objects may become projectiles in a collision. Also if you are traveling with your pet, make sure you also have the appropriate holders.
Remember that child passenger safety should be a habit that parents and caregivers conducted throughout the year, not just in the festivities.