(NC) Travelling with little ones can be challenging. From planning the route, organizing in-seat entertainment and making sure everyone is safe, parents have a lot on their hands.

In a 2018 survey, one third of Canadian parents admitted they are unfamiliar with three important installation checks that confirm proper car seat installation and use. Remembering these three important steps will help ensure your car seat is safely installed:

Pinch test. When tightening the harness straps, check at your child’s shoulder to ensure you are unable to pinch any excess slack in the straps. If you can pinch excess material, tighten and repeat the test.

80/20 rule. Make sure the base of the car seat is a minimum of 80 per cent on the vehicle seat. Look for car seats that clearly show the 20 per cent of allowable overhang.

Eliminate excess webbing and test for tightness. Checking at the belt-path, ensure the car seat does not move more than 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) left to right or front to back

In addition to the above three, there are a few additional recommended steps to further ensure proper car seat safety:

Use the level indicator: If installing rear -facing, ensure the level indicator is completely within the acceptable zone for your child’s age.

Verify harness height: If rear-facing, straps should come from at or just below the child’s shoulders. If forward-facing, straps should come from at or just above the child’s shoulders. Raise or lower the harness height if necessary.

Check chest clip placement. The chest clip should be at armpit level on your child. Raise or lower as needed to ensure the proper placement.

When selecting a car seat, look for features that make installation easy and secure like Graco’s SnugRide SnugLock 35 DLX Infant Car Seat that offers a hassle-free, three step installation using either vehicle seat belt or universal anchorage system (UAS).  What’s more, this car seat was designed to make an unmistakable clicking sound that indicates a secure install for additional peace of mind.