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Transportation of Children

Traffic accidents or automobile crashes are one of the most common causes of injury and death for children. You should pay particular attention to preventing vehicle injuries.

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  • Always use an approved car seat for any child under 40 lbs. Continue to use the car seat until the child outgrows it. All other child and adult passengers should use seat belts and harnesses. For more information on national child safety seat requirements, call the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s Auto Safety Hotline, 1-800-424-9393.
  • Only allow a vehicle to be operated by a person with a valid driver's license for that type of vehicle.
  • Never allow anyone to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription drugs that may make a person drowsy.
  • Make sure that any vehicle used to transport children is licensed and registered according to state laws.
  • Equip each vehicle with a first aid kit and emergency identification and contact information for all the children being transported.
  • Properly maintain each vehicle.
  • Air condition a vehicle when the temperature is above 75F; heat it when the temperature is below 50F.
  • Never allow smoking or playing audio equipment loudly in a vehicle when transporting children. A driver should never use earphones while driving.
  • Have enough providers present to make sure that proper child-to-provider ratios are maintained. Do not count the driver as a provider. A driver is not able to properly supervise children while driving.
  • Never leave a child unsupervised in a vehicle.
  • Carefully supervise children getting in or out of a vehicle to avoid injury. Upon boarding, make sure each child is properly buckled in. Upon exiting, make sure each child is clear of the path of the vehicle and any other traffic.
  • Before leaving the vehicle, check to make sure that all children have exited.
Note: This information is not intended to take the place of your state's or locality's child care regulations and laws. In every case, the laws and regulations of the city, county, and state in which the child care facility is located must be carefully followed even if they differ from these recommendations.

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