Halloween is coming, which means you’re about to have some pretty excited little ghouls and goblins in your backseat when you head out to collect candy and make appearances at parties! On top of that, even more holidays are on their way, which means you’re about to have a lot of family time in the car. Toyota of Orlando is here to refresh your memory on safe driving with kids in the car so you can make the most of the holiday season with the peace of mind you deserve. Let’s get started!
Safe driving starts before you even leave the driveway
Tip #1: Buckle up. You should always ensure EVERYONE is buckled in safely before you even leave your parking spot. You may have to turn around and do a spot check, but it’s worth it to ensure safe driving. Also, ensure that all small passengers are buckled in correctly. If they need to be in a car seat or booster seat, make sure the seat is properly installed and they’re securely buckled in before you move the vehicle.
Tip #2: Stop distracted driving. Yes, we mean put that cell phone away and keep your hands on the wheel, but also don’t let your passengers themselves distract you. If there’s fighting in the backseat or someone is having a temper tantrum, our Orlando Toyota dealership recommends pulling over to deal with the problem rather than trying to deal with it while you’re in motion. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents and collisions, so put your car in park before you engage.
Tip #3: NEVER leave your kids alone in the car – even with it running. EVER! Toyota of Orlando can’t stress this safe driving tip enough. It’s especially dangerous to leave kids in the car alone without it running, as temperatures climb and fall quickly in hot and cold weather and your small passengers can be injured. However, even when the car is running you’re flirting with disaster. Kids may get out of their seats and fiddle with knobs and buttons, which can quickly lead to disaster.
Use our Orlando Toyota tips to travel safely with family this holiday season
Tip #4: Secure belongings. Traveling with kids means traveling with a lot more gear, and you should ensure all of it is strapped down and secured before you put your car in motion. If things are rolling around or are in motion while you’re driving, they can injure your passengers. Things can also slide around on the floor and interfere with your ability to brake and accelerate, which puts everyone in harm’s way, including other drivers! Check out our tips for childproofing your car.
Tip #5: Be careful what snacks you serve. Not only do you want to minimize mess in the back of your Orlando Toyota, you also don’t want to serve them anything that they can choke on (like grapes, nuts, etc.). We vote for snacks like Go-Gurts, granola bars, cheese, and other items that are easy to chew and swallow.
From our Toyota of Orlando family to yours, have a safe and happy holiday season!