The winter months are coming upon us faster than some of us would like. So, with that said, it is time to start thinking about taking some extra precautions when driving in the winter, especially with your kids in the car. Here are some tips for winter driving with kids in the car.
Tips For Winter Driving With Kids In The Car
Don’t wear bulky clothing
Yes, you and your kids need to stay warm when the temperatures drop outside, but if your child is in a car seat, having them dressed in bulky clothes actually can prevent the car seat from doing its job properly. Bulky clothing may actually compress in the event of a car crash, causing the harness of the car seat to loosen. Bulky winter clothing consists of things like coats and snowsuits.
Check your vehicle’s tailpipe
Before you get into your car during the winter months, be sure to check your car’s tailpipe. During these months, your car’s tailpipe may get clogged with snow and since the tailpipe is a warm spot, critters like squirrels like to keep warm in there. Having a clogged or blocked tailpipe can lead to carbon monoxide problems.
Be prepared for Mother Nature
Mother Nature is not always predictable, especially in the winter. It is for this reason that you want to be sure your vehicle has the necessary supplies in case your car breaks down in the middle of a snowstorm. Keep an emergency diaper bag in the trunk of car and stock it with essentials you may need such as extra clothing, blankets, bottled water, baby food/formula, diapers and baby wipes. Hopefully these items won’t be needed but it is always best to be prepared.
Be on the lookout for sleds
Kids and adults alike love sledding in the winter and they will do it just about anytime, anywhere, including in the streets. When you are driving through a residential neighborhood in the winter, use precaution and keep a close eye out for those who are sledding.
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