Being a mobile parent comes with its unique set of challenges and responsibilities. As a parent, traveling with your child frequently is a likely necessity. Keeping them safe while you do so is surely a primary goal. To ensure their safety, you first need to make sure you are informed about the different laws put in place to protect them. These mainly have to do with where and how it is best for you to seat your child based on their age and the type of car you drive. In a sense, it all comes down to ensuring that you own the most appropriate child seat for your child’s age and height, that you place it properly within your vehicle (the back seat is recommended) and that it is securely strapped and not at risk of coming loose if your child fiddles with it.
You also need to make sure your child is constantly supervised during transport. If there are no additional passengers to help with this, be sure to listen for any cries they may make to indicate something is wrong. If you find that something is requiring your immediate attention, try to pull over to give it the attention it deserves as opposed to multi-tasking. Give the road the attention it deserves while maintaining the appropriate speed limit and obey traffic signals. When you arrive at your destination, remember that you have a child to remove from the vehicle since forgetting them inside, especially on a hot day, can be a deadly mistake.
Do not forget to activate child safety locks in your vehicle and more importantly, be alert at all times. You should not ordinarily text while driving, but it is even more important to refrain from doing so while your child is in the vehicle.
Additionally, being alert also means expecting the unexpected. While it is rare, hijackings do happen. It is important in these high-stress cases to not forget about your child, especially if they are seated at the back. Try to calmly give the hijackers what they want while making sure they know a child is on board that they certainly will not need as a passenger.
It is a simple action, but get a bumper sticker to show that you are carrying precious cargo.
You can even make it personalized. It gives other motorists a signal which will hopefully trigger them into acting responsibly on the road.Also, try to have your car organized so that your child does not feel too hassled when they are being transported. Apart from height and weight, car seats are sometimes designed with additional functionality you can take into consideration.
Nuna strollers and car seats might be the type of carriers you are looking for. They are designed simply with safety and functionality in mind. Some Nuna car seats are even made fire resistant. Regardless of the type you choose, double-check the safety features for their impact protection, stability and installation requirements. Make sure the seat fits well into your car as well, since badly fitted seats will provide less protection in the event of a crash.