The rate of child fatalities in car accidents has been dropping steadily for years. Better seats, better cars and better roads are all doing their bit. However, the rate of kids being injured, many severely and sadly, some permanently, has hardly fallen at all.
For every child that dies, thousands more are injured, and a lot of this devastation could be prevented with optimal restraint use.
Everybody knows somebody who’s had a car accident, or been in one themselves. It happens every single day, so don’t just hope it won’t be your kids – take some sensible steps to keep them safe. There’s no excuse not to.
*Are they in the right seat for their age/stage?
*Is the seat securely fitted into the car?
*Are their straps at the right level for their height?
*Are they really done up as tightly as possible?
*Are they honestly big enough to be out of their booster? (Ideally 145cms tall) *Are they under 12 years old and sitting in the front seat?
There is a lot more to restraints than you probably realise, and using your seat correctly is about as important as it gets. If you’ve been doing it wrong, get some good advice, and get it right.