We spoke to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) who revealed that ‘in 2014, there were 7,467 children (17 and under) who were casualties in road incidents. Of those, 40 were killed, and 1,504 seriously injured.’ Therefore, parents need to put the necessary measures in place to ensure the safety of children in and around cars.
Ask for a child seat demonstration
When purchasing a child seat, it’s crucial to get advice about the most appropriate one for your child, to make sure they’re comfortable and safe. THINK! recommends you also ask for a demonstration, so you can learn how to properly ‘fit it in the car and how to fasten and unfasten any integral belts or harnesses.’ By law, all children must travel in a child seat until they’re 12 years old or 135cm tall – whichever they reach first. Find out more about children’s car seat laws here.
Prepare a car essentials kit
If you breakdown or you’re involved in an accident, your children are likely to be the most vulnerable. It’s a good idea to put together a kit which includes vital essentials you may need. You could include first aid equipment, warm blankets and bottled water. This will help to protect your children and give you peace of mind until assistance is on its way.
Use car ‘safe spots’
Research by RoSPA reveals that ‘at least 26 children have been killed on, or near, the driveways of their home since 2001.’ If you’re packing or unloading your car, it’s important to keep your children safe and within view. You can secure ‘safe spot’ stickers on the side of your vehicle, which children must wait by – discouraging them from playing behind the car or running into the road.