ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A warning for parents, especially with the cold weather, is to be careful when putting your child in a car seat with their winter coats on.
Police and travel safety experts recommend that you take off your child’s coat before you buckle them in the car seat.
Corporal Dillard Glover with the Albany Police Department said the jacket compresses during a crash and doesn’t hold the child in safely.
"When you put the straps down and you secure it and put them in there, a lot of times because of the jacket and how thick it is, it’s not going to be properly installed,” Glover said.
Glover also said those extra layers could cause problems for your child if you’re in a crash.
Even if you tighten the buckle all the way, you can’t see how loose it actually is when we take that heavy coat off.
As a rule of thumb, if you can pinch the harness straps, it isn’t tight enough.
With the cold weather, safety officials urge you to remove the coat and use it as a blanket.
While it may seem cumbersome, especially if you have multiple children, just remember it’s all about safety.
“So what’s a minute or too? You may have to leave a few minutes early to make sure your children are in their car seats properly and that they’re secure,” Glover said.