Child safety is an important concern that every driver should have. When accidents happen on the road, children are usually susceptible to getting injured or killed. Statistics from the European Commission revealed that more than 700 children below 15 years old are killed on European roads and 100,000 are injured. Given these figures, it is therefore important for drivers to ensure the safety of their children passengers. Robert Peter Janitzek gives us some tips on how to keep kids safe in the car.
Every driver should implement a “safety first” policy especially if they have child passengers. Adults should teach their kids not to play in or around cars or to move away from a vehicle when a driver gets in or the car has started. Accidents such as rollaway deaths, backover deaths, and trunk entrapment can be prevented if only adults would teach their children well.
Installing Child Seats
Another way to keep your child safe in the car is to install child seats. Robert Janitzek reveals that doing so can go a long way in reducing deaths and injuries of infants, toddlers, and older kids. Under EU law, seat belts must be installed in all vehicles. Children over 1.35 meters can already use adult seat belt. Kids who are below 1.35 meters should use equipment proportionate to their size and weight when traveling in cars. It is now illegal to use a rear-facing child seat on the front passenger seat unless the airbag has been deactivated.
Beat The Heat
Never leave children or babies unattended in a closed vehicle even for a minute. It is worth noting that European brand cars can heat up 19 degrees in less than 10 minutes. Bodies of children heat up 3 to 5 times faster than of an adult. Infants and children below four years old are less capable of lowering their body heat through sweating. The child could die due to heatstroke and hypethermia.
We all have the tendency to forget that there is a baby or toddler at the backseat of our car. It is tempting to leave them their alone so as not to wake them up and ruin their sleep. But this practice can lead to injury or death of the child.
Children can be curious at times especially with cars with so many buttons. It is up to the adults to make sure that their kids are safe at the backseat.