Many families find it harder to follow their road safety rules when on a trip or a holiday. Families face challenges, such as lack of child restraints in taxis and on coaches.
Here are our top tips:
Try to avoid driving entirely if you can. Children love trains and buses, and this gives you an opportunity to chat with your children and talk about the benefits of using public transport and reducing the numbers of cars on roads.
Child restraints are important. If you are planning to use a hire car or taxi, book ahead and order a child restraint when you book.
Don’t be put off by having to pay more money to rent a child restraint with a hire car; your child’s safety is priceless.
If you are planning on using a coach, contact the coach company in advance and ask about child restraints. Many coach companies now carry child restraints.
Every parent knows that children get bored and fractious on long journeys in cars. Plan family holidays that don’t involve lots of driving, either to get to your destination, or while you are on holiday.
As a last resort, and only for children between 125cm and 150cm, blow-up or folding booster cushions are now available and can be used, for example, on a coach for a short journey between an airport and a hotel.
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