Safety when travelling

General car safety tips:

  • Get rid of any road rage. Your road rage can put your children and other road users in danger. It’s just not worth it. 
  • Don’t be distracted. If your kids jump and move around in the car, if you try to tend to their needs with one hand on the steering wheel or when you are busy on your phone you can make an accident. Rather keep them safe and be a good driving role model. 
  • Never leave kids in a parked car. Not even for a minute to run into a shop or because they are taking a nap and you don’t want to disturb them. Kids overheat and die very quickly in a parked car.
Safety belt and car seat tips:
  • Rear facing versus front facing car seats. Babies should sit in a rear facing car seat until they are at least 2 years old OR reach the correct height and weight indicated on the front facing car seat that you want to use.  

  • Car seat belts should be tight enough. If you can make a small loop with the belt once your child is strapped in, it’s too loose. 
  • Everyone in the car should wear a seat belt at all times. Even if you are just quickly going to the shop around the corner, because this is often when accidents happen. Teach your kids that they should wear safety belts whenever a car moves. 
  • Wear seat belts correctly. Never let your child tuck the safety belt in under their armpit. If they are too short for it to sit comfortably over their shoulder, they still need a booster seat. Even if they think it’s more comfortable, it compromises their safety. 
  • Never share seatbelts. Never put a seatbelt over more than one person, especially not with a child sitting on your lap. In the event of an accident, you will squish that child and hurt/kill them with your body. 
  • No kids under 13 in the front seat.  A younger child’s body is easily hurt by the air bag on the passenger seat. 
  • Teach your child the safety rules. This will ensure that they follow the rules when driving with someone else when you are not around. If you teach them why they are doing something, they will be more inclined to do it.

Why and how to use a Baby on Board sign
Nope, it’s not a fashion accessory you stick in the window to tell everyone that you have a little prince or princess that drives in this car from time to time. This is a sign that can save a life!

  • Emergency services use this sign in case of an accident. When an emergency respondent sees a Baby on Board sign, they know to look for a baby/child that can’t unbuckle themselves. 
  • Take the sign down when there’s no child in the car. Just like a Baby on Board sign can save a life, it can also waste emergency respondent's time and put them in danger if they are looking for a baby/child when there isn’t one in a crashed car. If there’s no child in the car, you have to take the sign down.

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