Kids, Car Trips and the Holidays

There's no time like the holidays to reflect on how special and important your family is -- and there's no time like the holidays to remind everyone to keep children safe and secure while traveling in a car. Everyone knows how important car seats are for preventing injuries in children, but more often than not, car seats aren't installed correctly. I found this out eight years ago when I took my car to our local police department for a free carseat safety inspection and failed miserably.

The safety officer showed me how to install the carseats in my car properly, and I was lucky enough to be able to correct my mistakes before any accidents occurred. I strongly encourage everyone to check and double check and make sure your children's carseats are installed safely. Not every city may have carseat inspections like the one I went to, so it's important to find the proper resources to help you with carseat safety. And that's why I'm proud to be partnering with Global Influence (formerly the Momfluence Network) to help spread this important message about Child Passenger Safety this holiday season.

With the holiday season moving into full swing, families across the country are in the car and on the go. Whether you're driving across the country to visit family or across town to holiday shop, it is important that your child passengers are riding safely and that child safety seats are used correctly.

AAA estimated that 30 million people travelled this Thanksgiving holiday alone, and for many this is just the beginning of the holiday hustle and bustle. Now is the time to utilize the Child Car Safety tools ) provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Ad Council to learn more about proper car seat use and installation. You will find informative resources that include instructional videos.

Have child passenger safety questions that you need answered before you travel over the river and through the woods to Grandma's? NHTSA is always available to answer your questions online through Facebook and Twitter.

I did not receive a sample or monetary compensation for this post.

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