If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve experienced the winter travel nightmare with your kids. The days grow shorter, snowstorms become frequent, and the chilly weather sets in. This doesn’t add to the driving crew’s happiness.
With a little preparation, travelling with children in the car can be a breeze! Here are our top 7 tips to make sure your winter journeys are safe and stress-free.
1. Get your car serviced
It’s important to make sure your car is in good condition before setting off on any journey, but it’s especially important in winter. Check your tires, oil levels, and screen wash regularly, and keep some de-icer and a scraper in the car for the snowy weather.
2. Dress for the occasion
Who doesn’t love snuggling up in a big puffy coat when the temperatures drop into single digits? As wonderful as these clothes are for warding off the cold, they are, unfortunately, not safe for children when travelling in the car seat. They create slack.
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During a car accident, fluffy padding in winter clothes may flatten, creating extra space under the harness and under the child. This increases the risk of your child being thrown from their seat.
But my child is cold. What can I do?
Dress your little one in thin but warm layers. To reduce safety risks but still stay warm, consider using the Universal Footmuff. It attaches solely to the crotch pad and is designed to be safely used in car seats and strollers from any brand. Get to know our Footmuff!
3. Keep your feet dry
One thing that can be challenging for everyone (both parents and children) in winter, is wet shoes. Bringing spare comfy sneakers and fluffy socks for you and your little ones can help you both start the family road trip more relaxed.
4. Plan your route
Before setting off, take some time to plan your route and check the weather forecast. Try to avoid travelling in bad weather. If you do have to travel in snow or ice, take extra care and allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. Check the traffic news and look for any closed roads, accidents and roadworks.
5. Bring snacks and drinks
This one is crucial! Hunger and thirst can make even the shortest journey seem endless, so make sure you have plenty of food and drink on hand for both you and your children. Pack some healthy snacks as well as some treats to keep everyone happy (and distracted!). Store them in our Universal Seat Protector.
6. Take regular breaks
Take a breather on your travels. Regular pitstops give your little ones time to run around, giving you some much-needed peace. Plus, it’s an excellent opportunity for vehicle checkups before hitting the road again.
7. Entertain your passengers
Travelling with young children can sometimes test your nerves, but it’s important to try and keep them entertained during long journeys. Bring along some of their favourite toys or play on-the-trip games like The Alphabet or The Animal Name Game. Your children might also enjoy listening to an audiobook.
Yes, sometimes the family road trip can sometimes test your patience. At Swandoo, as parents ourselves, we understand your needs, and that’s why our car seats are specially designed to maximize the comfort of your little ones and ensure safe and peaceful journeys.
Whatever happens on the road, do your best to keep calm, enjoy the ride, and make some happy memories along the way. Safe travels this winter from Swandoo!
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