Journeys with little ones over this festive period
We are all looking forward to the arrival of the Christmas celebrations so that we can get together with our loved ones. The arrival of the school holidays sees the start of trips to celebrate Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and Three Kings Day. Take care on the roads. We at Fundación MAPFRE would like to raise your awareness so thatthese special days are not tarnished by a road accident.
If you are going to be responsible for car journeys with your family...Take care! Before setting off one your trip, make sure your car is in perfect condition. Check the fluids, brakes, battery, tires, lights and ensure you have all the correct documentation with you.
Check the weather forecast before you set off, as adverse conditions are not unusual at this time of year. This is why it is essential for your car to be in good condition to cope with any rain, snow or ice you might encounter. Also, due to there being fewer hours of daylight, always drive with dipped headlights not just at night but also during the day. And should it rain or snow, increase your stopping distance, reduce speed, avoid sudden maneuvers and try to anticipate events. And if conditions are really bad... don't hesitate in postponing your departure! Waiting a few hours or a day can avoid you and your loved ones having an accident.
Meanwhile, do you know the correct way to position children into their child seat? Remember that minors with a height of 135 centimeters or less must use child restraint systems suitable for their size and weight and that they must travel in the rear seats. Exceptionally, they can be positioned in the front when the vehicle has no rear seats or when these are already occupied by children in child seats and in the cases where it is not possible to install all of the child restraint systems on the rear seats. In addition, if the child has to sit in a front seat and the vehicle has a front airbag, rear-facing child seats may only be used if the airbag is disabled.
If you don't know which is the best child seat appropriate for your vehicle visit www.seguridadvialinfantil.com. There you will be able to find out all the latest news about transporting children safely.
Have you thought to take advantage of the trip to go over the main rules of road safety with the little ones? There is no doubt that it's a way of keeping children occupied and reinforces their knowledge about the subject. We recommend this article where you will also find entertaining games to enjoy during those hours on the road: “A long journey with the grandchildren? Games for an enjoyable journey”.
Lastly, avoid distractions! Do not use a mobile phone, GPS or any other electrical device. Program your navigation device before setting off and if you forget then stop somewhere safe to do so. You must never use a mobile phone while driving. Instead, we recommend that you install our free app DRIVEMESAFE, which will send an automatic SMS to the caller while you are driving.
We all have a common objective, the goal of zero traffic accident victims. Pay attention to the road and take the appropriate preventative measures to enjoy happy Christmas holidays with your loved ones.
- Prevention and Road Safety