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17th Aug 2017

Arrive at your destination safely: 7 key things every parent needs to consider

Katie Mythen-Lynch

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There is no job more important than parenting, so when it comes to knowing our stuff when it comes to safety, we could all do with a cramming session every now and then.

The thing is, family life is hectic. The days start early and end late, with a whole lot of ups and downs in between. That makes for tired mums and dads and when you haven’t had a wink of sleep in days, it’s easy to get complacent about the little things.

1. Consider your options carefully before buying a family car

It’s easy to be led by price and style, but if you’re buying a car for family use, you must consider safety first. a brilliant source of safety information on each model and make of vehicle is the Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme). Check it out here before driving off.

2. Check and re-check your car seats

Always choose a retailer who can fit child car seats for you and show you how to fit it correctly yourself. Keep the instruction manual in the car at all times in case you have any issues. The RSA has also published a helpful new DVD which gives examples of how to fit some child car seats. You can order your free copy here.

3. Book your NCT

The NCT is not just a compulsory vehicle inspection, it also makes good sense. When you spend a large percentage of your day in the car with some very precious cargo, it’s good to know for sure that you are safe.

4. Position your seat belt for pregnancy

The RSA warns that ‘lap-only’ seat belts are a bad idea for pregnant drivers or passengers. This is because, in the event of an accident, a lap-only belt could cause serious injuries to an unborn child. The lap section of the belt should be worn underneath the bump on the pelvis. The diagonal belt should be across the torso resting on the shoulder.

5. Never leave a child unattended in the car

Even if it’s nap time or you’re just popping in to the garage to pay for petrol, it is never a good idea to leave a child alone in a vehicle. Curious fingers can find their way onto handbrakes and keys in the blink of an eye, while a fire can rip through a car in seconds. Don’t take the risk.

6. Unbundle your little ones before strapping them in

As a parent, your immediate reaction to chilly winter weather is to wrap the kids up in loads of layers. However, chunky coats, cardigans and jackets can create a space between the safety restraints and your child. This could put them in serious danger if you were to have a collision.

7. Arrive at your destination the safe way

Always ensure that child locks are used so kids can’t open the doors themselves prematurely. It should be understood, particularly with younger children, that only adults are allowed to open seat belts and doors. Finally, always ensure you let kids out of the car at the kerbside, away from approaching traffic.

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