Countless American families are planning road trips to visit their loved ones this holiday season. If your family is one of them, take a few minutes to remind yourself of simple safety guidelines that can help keep your loved ones out of the emergency room this season. And if emergency care is required in the Thousand Oaks area, the Emergency Room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is open 24/7.
Require Seatbelt Usage
It’s essential that all drivers and passengers wear their seatbelts properly. Parents may need to check in the backseat to ensure that the kids have buckled up. The lap belt should lie across the lap, not the abdomen, and the shoulder belt should not be placed across the neck or tucked behind the arm.
Check the Car Seat
Emergency room physicians urge parents to make sure young children ride in car seats that are appropriate for their weight range. If the car is involved in an accident, the car seat should be replaced in case it has sustained damage. Parents can check with their local hospitals or police departments to find inspection services to check the installation of their car seats.
Use a Designated Driver
Any amount of alcohol can impair a person’s ability to drive safely. For the sake of everyone’s safety, it’s imperative to designate a sober driver before attending holiday parties that feature alcoholic beverages. If you plan on hosting a holiday party this year, remind your guests to choose a designated driver and offer alcohol-free beverages. Don’t hesitate to enforce your designated driver rule by having all of your guests deposit their keys into a basket when they arrive.
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the U.S. To protect your family, turn off your cell phone before you get behind the wheel. Have a passenger serve as the navigator if need be. Restless children can be a source of distraction on a long car trip. Bring a selection of quiet activities to keep them busy.
If you are involved in an accident, please call 911 immediately. The Emergency Room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is always available to provide high-quality care and our hospital features the area’s only Level II Trauma Center. You can direct non-emergent questions about our hospital services to (877) 888-5746.