A child should never be left unattended in the car, even if it is for a brief stop to do some shopping or get an ice cream. Temperatures can rise by approximately 3°C within 10 minutes and by more than 10°C within 30 minutes. Children are especially vulnerable to heat-related illnesses; therefore, it is extremely dangerous to leave your child (as well as any pet!) unattended in the car on a warm day.
10 top tips on how to keep kids comfortable in the car on a hot day
- Put your children in light weight clothes for travelling.
- Make sure each child has a drink for the journey.
- Check on your children regularly and take them out of the car as often as you can – remember babies should only be in a car seat for a maximum of two hours at a time.
- Choose a baby car seat with a low reaching sun canopy and high SPF.
- Use click-on sun canopies for toddler seats to protect them from sun exposure.
- Cover the side windows with sunshades to prevent the strong glare from the sun.
- Before putting your child in the car double check the buckles and straps are not too hot, as these can heat up quickly.
- Point rear air conditioning vents towards your child.
- Pick a light colour when choosing a child’s car seat or use a light coloured car seat cover.
- Use a liner in your car seat that will promote airflow – like the VOKSI Airflow liner below.