Child car seats – Your child coat could render it useless in a road traffic accident!
We’re all conscious of our children’ safety when travelling by car. At this time of year when temperatures dip, we are more inclined to bundle up our children to protect them from the elements.
But did you know you are supposed to remove your child’s coat before strapping them into their car seat? Failing to do this may put them in danger.
Remarkable isn’t it I found this hard to believe!
Here’s the science…. by leaving your child’s coat on a gap is created between your child and their safety harness.
If you are involved in a road traffic accident, the harness is not close enough to your child’s body to properly restrain them.
The average puffy coat or snowsuit adds about 4 inches of slack into the child’s harness straps – this can increase the risk of a head injury in particular any car collision.
Surprising when you read this isn’t it!
Here’s what we suggest before commencing your journey, remove coats and jackets and pull the harness tight enough that you can just get two fingers between your child and the straps.
You might get some complaints ‘This is too tight’ but persist as the initial discomfort will pass once the child gets used to the new regime!
How can I keep my child warm on car journeys if they are not wearing a coat?
- Pre heat the car before journeys
- Fold a thin blanket in half and tuck around your baby
- Dress your child in 2 to 4 thin layers to keep them snug
tights, thermal vest, or a hat can do the trick
- You can purchase baby wraps from approves manufacturers that allow the baby to be strapped securely into the car seat without interfering with the safety of the straps.
Hope you found this article as much of interest as I did.
It was researched by Jacqueline Lawler of our offices.
We wish you all Snug & safe driving in 2016!