Thursday, December 15, 2011

Are You Traveling with Kids this Holiday?

 Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe with Chuggington!

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for family travel. From visiting relatives out of state to driving to the mall to shop for gifts, families are constantly in and out of the car and on the move. So, there’s no better time than now to remember how important it is to pay extra attention to traffic hazards at home and on the road.

This year, parents can teach their children how to stay safe on the roads by joining the more than 150,000 children who have taken the Traffic Safety Pledge as part of the ‘Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe!’ traffic safety program, which provides families with important traffic safety resources. Developed by NHTSA, the nation’s trusted source of traffic safety information, and the creators of Chuggington, the popular preschool television series, the campaign includes tip sheets, traffic safety games, an activity book, coloring sheets, a PSA currently airing on Disney Junior and more.

Click Here to Get your Games, Activities, Coloring Sheets, and More
as seen on Disney Junior

Holiday Traffic Safety Tips
  • The holidays are a busy time at shopping malls -- especially parking lots. Drivers should be on alert for small children when reversing out of a parking space. Parents should never leave children unattended near an open trunk, where they can get trapped.

  • While winter clothes keep children warm, they can also interfere with the proper harness fit of a child in a car seat. Parents must make sure to place blankets around their child after they fasten the harness.

  • Last-minute shopping can be stressful and rushed. Parents should never leave infants or young children unattended in a vehicle—even if the windows are partly open or the engine is running.

  • Remember to always buckle up! Not only is it the law - it could help save your life.

  • Play it safe and check your local news source for up-to-the-minute traffic information and weather conditions of the interstates and roads you will be traveling.

Last but not least, make it fun! Heading out on a 'road trip' to Grandma's? Pack an assortment of age appropriate holiday music, DVDs (like The Chugger Championship) and travel games to make your trip fun for the entire family!

My three year old, Jacob, loves playing on the Safety Website - free and fun!


Earn points by playing games to get your safety badge...

...and answer important safety questions along the way!

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