The holiday season means families may be traveling to go visit other family members. Parents who are traveling with children in the vehicle must ensure that the kids are safe for the ride. They also have to ensure that they’re able to drive without the child distracting them.
Regardless of how far you need to travel, you must ensure that all occupants are either in safety seats or seat belts, depending on their size and age. Nobody should be unsecured when the vehicle is turned on.
1. Get help
If you have younger children, you should try to get someone to ride with you who can help with them. This can be another adult or an older child. The key point here is that they should be able to take care of the younger children without having to distract you.
2. Secure their stuff
Loose items in the vehicle can become flying projectiles if there’s a wreck. It’s best to keep everything secure, especially heavier or bulkier items.
3. Take frequent breaks
If the drive is going to take a few hours or longer, plan time for breaks. This allows the kids to stretch their legs and get some energy out. It’s a good chance for you to get a short mental break from the rigors of driving.
If you’re involved in a crash and have children in the vehicle, be sure that anyone who’s injured receives medical attention. Seeking compensation is possible when the crash was because of another person’s negligence. Be sure you do this quickly after the crash because Georgia law limits how long you have to file.