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I love to travel. It’s the one area of my life where I really indulge myself and if I have the choice between giving my children stuff and giving them an incredible experience, I will always choose the latter. We’ve been traveling with our two young sons since they joined our family at age two and three, respectively. Our boys are seven now and they’re road trip pros. fall road trips. Child passenger Safety Week
Now that fall has rolled around again and the kids are back in school during the week, I’m busy planning our fall road trips. I pull out the calendar, make note of all the school holidays and inservice days and look for destinations within easy driving distance from our home. Fall is a great time to take a road trip in Texas…the weather is still mostly warm but not blistering hot like our summers. If you haven’t taken your family on a road trip in a while, look at your free weekends, get out a map and see what you can discover within an hour or two of your home. Here are four tips for fall road trips if you’re planning on heading out with your kiddos:
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- Focus on safety
Child safety in the car starts with the right car seat. The right car seat is the most important piece of baby gear you’ll buy. I recommend the Britax brand…it’s a name that is recognized and trusted. Britax is the number one brand in safety technology for car seats, strollers and travel systems. Britax car seats are made in the U.S.A. and extensively tested in their own on-site crash test facility. Other car seat manufacturers are required to send their products to a third party for safety testing, but Britax is approved by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and by Canadian safety regulators. This should tell you something about the quality of a Britax car seat.
National Child Passenger Safety Week is coming up soon (September 17-23) and National Seat Check Saturday is September 23rd…so check those car seats and booster seats and remind others who have kids to do so as well. To learn more about National Child Passenger Safety week, check out this website.
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- Plan, plan, plan
And then plan some more. Road trips with kids can be a lot of fun but small humans are unpredictable and not-so-nice things can happen when they’re thrown off their routine. Make sure you plan for adequate rest stops, even if you’re only driving a short distance. Know where the family restrooms or restrooms with changing stations are along your route because inevitably, someone will have to go when you least expect it or you’ll have an unexpected blowout and I’m not talking about the tire kind of blowout.
Know where and when you’re going to eat and what you’re going to do pretty much minute-by-minute. Yes, this does take some of the spontaneity out of your road trip but you do have to make allowances for kids who aren’t going to understand why they’re eating an hour later than their stomach tells them they should be eating or why you’re feeding them weird and unfamiliar food.
- Manage expectations
Talk with your spouse, partner or co-driver before setting out. Are you going to power on through and try to cover as much distance as possible in a day (usually ill-advised with littles) or are you going to stop at points of interest along the way? Will you allow food and electronics in the car and will a road trip prompt you to relax your rules? Making sure everyone is on the same page before you pull out of the driveway will pay big dividends.
- Have a blast!
After all, isn’t that why we go on road trips in the first place? True, kids add a different element to our travel, such as the heavy emphasis on child passenger safety and the need to plan and schedule everything to the nth degree but getting out and sharing an adventure and some different scenery with our families is a great way to connect and make memories.
Spread the word about National Child Passenger Safety Week! Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States. Of those children ages 8 and under who died in vehicle crashes in 2014, 26 percent were not restrained by an age-appropriate device such as an infant seat, booster seat or seat belt. Also, children should ride in a vehicle back seat until they are at least 13 years old. Don't forget to check that seat on September 23rd and encourage others to do the same. We can improve these statistics.
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