Raleigh - The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Governor's Highway Safety Program wants to remind parents to keep kids and all passengers safe by removing bulky coats before buckling up and hitting the road.
Bulky clothing, including winter coats and snowsuits, can compress in a crash and lead to increased risk of injury. When getting ready to hit the road, dress your child in thinner layers and tuck a coat or a blanket around them over the buckled straps if needed.
Unless their jacket is no thicker than a fleece, make sure that you take off your child's coat prior to buckling them in. The same holds true for adults.
Remember -mind the gap and think about whether or not your coat is too thick to wear in the car.