Traveling far by car is fun, especially with family. The saturation moment of driving seems to be remedied when interspersed with talking with a partner or hearing your little one talk. However, cheerfulness with family can turn out to be disastrous if parents fail to maintain children’s comfort and safety. What should be considered when carrying a child on a long trip by car?
Comply With Traffic Regulations
The first tip before traveling with a child is to always remember to obey road markings and traffic rules to prevent events that could endanger the safety of you and your child.
Sit the child in the back seat and make sure the child seat belt is attached
Sitting the child in the back seat is much safer than sitting in the front seat. When the car brakes suddenly, the child will avoid colliding with the dashboard or windshield. For children under 5 years old, it will be better if you are seated in a car seat for toddlers. Also attach the seat belt to the child even though he sits in the back seat to maintain his safety from things that are not desirable.
Always Lock the Car When Running
The child’s high curiosity allows him to suddenly open the car door when the car is speeding. Therefore, do not forget to lock the door with the central lock function when the car is running. This function makes the car can only be opened from the driver’s door. By locking with the central system, the car is also avoided from the risk of the door being opened from the outside by someone else.
Always Provide Food, Entertainment and Medicines for Children
In addition to enough change of clothes, make sure your child isn’t hungry and thirsty on the road. Buying food on the trip can certainly be an option, but bringing food from home is preferred because in addition to being more economical, the cleanliness is more guaranteed. Do not forget to also bring toys that can entertain children during driving, because most children will be bored if they have to sit for a long time. Simple child games can also be an alternative so that children remain cheerful. You can bring personal medicines for children and eucalyptus oil if needed.
Withdrawal At Least 2-3 Hours
On average, children aged 13 years and under will waste water 13 times a day. Therefore, step in the rest area every 2-3 hours so the child can urinate and stretch his legs. If you keep driving without stopping, chances are the child will be fussy because of boredom and can disturb your concentration while driving.
Don’t Leave Children in a Hot Car
Generally, the temperature of the car can rise 10o-15o Celsius every 15 minutes, and the child’s body temperature can increase 3-5 times faster than adults because the water reserves in the body are lower. Leaving your child in a hot car even if you open a window can cause you to experience a heat stroke that includes dizziness, disorientation, and flushing. In some cases, children can even experience death. Therefore, as much as possible do not leave your little one in the car. When forced to do so, make sure the car’s air conditioner is on and you don’t go more than 5 minutes. Don’t forget to open the window a little when in the car there are passengers who are asleep.