On a hot day, cars can trap heat and act like greenhouses. According to the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) , ‘even in relatively mild conditions between 15°C and 20°C, the internal temperature can reach 40°C+.’ It’s important to make sure young children are kept cool and hydrated when travelling in the car on a hot day.
Fix window shades
To stop strong sunlight shining onto your children, you can fit a sun shade to the rear car windows. These are inexpensive to purchase, stick easily to the window with suction cups, and are available in fun designs for children to pick. This will help to protect your child from the heat and glare of the sun.
When travelling on a warm day, frozen drinks in bottles or cartons will help to cool them down and stop them getting thirsty. To encourage children to keep hydrated, you could try freezing different flavours of squash, which they’ll think taste like ice lollies.
Secure a belt buckle cover
On sunny days, the metal buckles on children’s car seats can become very hot. There was an extreme case in the UK recently where the buckle gave a baby second degree burns and blisters. To prevent the metal from heating up, you can place buckle covers over them. These will also help to stop children from releasing themselves from their seat when travelling.