Four Tips for Holiday Travel With Children
The highways will be crowded this holiday season with drivers making their way to holiday feasts, shopping malls, and family visits. If you're planning a trip with children, Jiffy Lube offers four important tips to help make the drive safe and enjoyable:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends children sit in the back seat and be buckled-up properly.
- Infants (under 20 lbs.) should be in rear-facing convertible seats with harness straps at or below shoulder level.
- Toddlers (20-40 lbs.) should be in forward-facing convertible seats with harness straps at or above shoulders.
- Young children (more than 40 lbs.) should use a forward-facing, belt positioning. booster seat with the lap belt fitting low and tight across the lap/upper thigh area and shoulder belt snug across the chest and shoulder.
- Get a good night's sleep before your trip — at least 8 hours for adults and 8.5 to 9.25 hours for teens.
- Make sure at least one passenger is awake to talk to the driver.
- Avoid medications that can impede performance.
- Recognize signs of fatigue: lane drifting, hitting rumble strips, repeated yawning, tailgating, difficulty focusing.
- Schedule stops every two hours or 100 miles.
We at AskPatty wish you the very happiest holiday season, and safe travels wherever you may go!