Keeping passengers safe during the most wonderful time of the year

December 6th, 2015 by

Happy familyIn the midst of the hectic and exciting holiday madness, it’s good to take a moment to remember that many people travel extensively during this time of year and keeping passengers safe is a top priority.

Here are a few tips for keeping everyone happy and well throughout the holiday season.

Car seats

Advances in technology make lightweight, easy to install, convenient, and safe car seats a reality for drivers with kids in the car. While parents are certainly aware of this necessary component of kid-worthy transportation, relatives and friends that may be chauffeuring the children from point A to point B may not be so thoroughly in-tune with the updated recommendations for car seats and booster seats.

Make sure everyone and anyone who drives the kiddos has age and size appropriate car seats in their vehicles. If moving seats between cars is necessary, make sure they are correctly installed. Kids shorter than 4 foot 9 inches should use a booster seat so the seat belt rests across their lap and chest in the right place. The American Academy of Pediatrics says all children should remain in a rear-facing car seat rated for their weight until they reach the age of two.

Toyota safety

Safety leaders in the automobile industry, Toyota vehicles offer many extras designed to make road trips safe trips. A few of the safety features in newer models include Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Toyota vehicles equipped with the Star Safety System offer drivers additional assistance if they need to avoid an accident. Brake assist, Smart Stop Technology, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Anti-lock Brake System, and Vehicle Stability Control all work together as needed to keep passengers and drivers safer.

The Go Safely initiative offers education programs designed to help drivers develop better skills to cope with dangerous situations when they are behind the wheel. Teen driver education, parent support, and driver education in cooperation with AARP are just a few ways Toyota is working to make the road safer for everyone.

To find out more about how you can take advantage of Toyota’s safety features or education initiatives, please contact us.