When transporting children in your car there are, of course, vital steps you must take to keep them safe.
However, once you’ve met the safety obligations, don’t forget to think about protecting your car as well. Small children are not well known for treating vehicles with care but it’s important to keep your car in the best condition to maximise its value when you come to part ways.
Here we have five tips for child-proofing your car:
1. Select the right extras
Manufacturers offer a range of optional extras and many of these will help protect your car from accidental damage. This includes anything from fabric protector to stop spills staining, through to scuff plates to avoid interior scratches, as well as door edge protection to prevent damage when doors are opened quickly. You can find out more here. So, when shopping for your next car, keep in mind any extras you need to look out for.
2. Shop around
Don’t worry if your vehicle isn’t already equipped to stop accidental damage from young ones. There are some simple, relatively inexpensive options on the market that will do the job. Invest in some rubber floor mats to stop muddy footprints and spillages wrecking the carpet and some kick mats to hang over the back of front seats to stop wear and tear – and protect the driver from kicks in the back!
3. No balls allowed
If you have to park your car on a drive where children will be playing or regularly passing by, you can buy a cover to throw over your vehicle to help stop any scratches or marks from toys and boisterous play! Halfords and Amazon have a range of options.
4. Prevention is better than cure
It goes without saying that in an ideal world your car will be free of coloured liquids, chocolate and grease. However, these things can slip by even the most conscientious of car owners. So, be prepared and keep some car-friendly snacks and spill-proof cups to hand as substitutes. Get some inspiration here.
5. Get organised
Children don’t often travel light and soon fill up a car with toys, prams and everyday supplies. It’s good practice to pack your car carefully to avoid the interior getting scratched or damaged and there’s a range of helpful storage options to help, such as seat-back organisers and boot compartments.