During the winter months, breakdowns and serious accidents are far more likely in adverse weather conditions (but then again, you knew that already). The obvious result could be a potentially serious injury, increasingly the possibility of a head injury claim, for example. Keeping the little ones safe can be tricky, especially if you’re parked on the hard shoulder and the AA has issued you a two hour wait. With the risk of other cars crashing into your vehicle, it’s usually recommended that you leave the car and get behind the barrier. But that’s not always the best decision.
When You Should Stay In the Car
If its night time and raining, it’s safer to take your chances and sit in the vehicle, with the children securely strapped into their child seats. Also, standing outside in the cold with a two year-old (or younger) presents a real health danger for the child. If the temperature is minus two or lower, it’s best to keep them inside the car and out of the freezing weather. It’s also recommended that you keep the kids inside, if you have four or more, as it’s difficult to control their behaviour by the road.
Preparing For the Pick-Up
When you call the AA always make sure you let them know that you are with very young children, as this will give you greater priority; especially if you are a woman by yourself with a baby. It’s crucial that you always take your mobile phone with you, so you can call for help easily. The AA also recommends keeping spare sets of warm clothes in the car, long-lasting food, drink, and entertainment.
It’s a great idea to invest in a portable DVD player. This can keep children happy and quiet for hours and leave you to drive unimpeded. It’s unlikely that you’ll get through the whole journey without whining or fighting, but don’t stop on the hard shoulder unless it’s a real emergency.
A great way to avoid having to meet a road accident solicitor and in-car unrest is to stop regularly at service stations. On a motorway, the longest you’ll have to wait for one of these safe havens is 30 miles. Always ask the kids if anyone needs the toilet as you reach a service station and stop anyway, if you judge that everyone has spent far too much time in the car (and you need a strong cup of tea). The AA recommends that you stop every 90 miles at least.
When the kids start scrapping, it can really distract you from driving and increase your stress levels. Although you’ll want to intervene, driving needs to be your main priority until you can safely stop the car. They may be tearing into each other, but they will be harmed a lot more if you lose control of the vehicle.
Clean You’re Car
Toys and other items should be safely stowed away in the car. Even a box of tissues can turn into a battering ram during a collision, so keep the vehicle debris-free.
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