Provide a rear-facing baby carrier for infants, a rear-facing child seat for kids up to age 3 (or 18 kg.), and a booster seat for kids ages 4 to 8. A child below age 3 needs to ride facing the back to protect the neck and spine, which have not yet developed fully and are vulnerable to injuries.
PREPARING YOUR CAR FOR A LONG TRIP Check the following car parts to be certain that your ride is in perfect working condition:
1. Fluids Make sure there’s always enough juice in every domain so the car can function flawlessly.
2. Hoses and Belts Make sure all hoses and belts are tightly secured. Check by feel if there are cracks and abnormal wear.
3. Tires Make sure treads are deep enough to ensure adequate traction.
Check wheel alignment and balancing. This will give even wear on tires and will ensure a fine-handling car.
Check tire pressure. The number on the tire’s sidewall is the maximum pressure it can withstand, not the recommended amount. Never inflate your tires too much as this can provoke a blowout. Don’t forget the spare tire.
4. Lights Check headlights, blinkers, and interior lighting.
5. Wipers Make sure all windows are clean and mirrors are at the correct angle. Check for cracks on windshield and wipers.
6. Brakes Have an expert conduct a thorough inspection. If you feel your brake pedal is softer than usual, it might be a sign of abnormal deterioration.
7. Air Filter The air filter, which keeps improper particles from entering, gets dirty over time, becoming less effective.
8. Battery Make sure electrical and ignition systems are as good as new.
9. Air Conditioner If you feel your car’s air conditioning is beginning to gasp like a tired dog, have a professional look into it.
10. Gauges Ask your mechanic to examine the gauges. There are cases when gauges read incorrectly, making the driver believe his car is about to break down when it’s not, or worse, is fine when it’s about to break down.
11. Your Car’s First Aid Kit Stash extra fuses, around four liters of potable water, and an extra quart of motor oil in your car trunk.
Pack tools for emergencies and breakdowns: tire wrench and jack, screwdrivers, pliers, jumper cables, a utility knife, a flashlight, tire pump, sealant, and duct tape.
DRIVE SAFELY The car’s passive safety systems can only save your precious cargo if you use them properly.