Keep Your Kids Safe In The Car This Bank Holiday

Wed 1st May 2019

With families more likely to be spending time in the car this coming weekend spending long hours in holiday traffic, it’s important to remember the safety of your younger passengers.

The road to a relaxing holiday can often turn to the road to hell if the kids in the back aren’t happy and whilst we often go to any lengths to calm down arguments and squabbles, the safety of the children must always remain paramount.

Road safety advisors IAM RoadSmart has a long term aim of making driving and riding an enjoyable experience with the organisation’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman keen to stress that no risks should be taken despite the tears and frustration of a youngster.

Richard said: “Toddlers don’t like to sit still, so will try and get their arms out. Double check the harness is the correct height and pulled comfortably around your child. If you are in any doubt, seek advice from a professional.

“Check regularly to see that your child is still strapped in correctly and if you are unsure, pull over somewhere safe to check this. Keeping your child occupied can avoid them being tempted to try and wriggle out.”

IAM RoadSmart have issued these top five tips to help complete a stress free and safe journey with children this Bank Holiday.

If your child is 12 years old or younger they must be in an appropriate car seat.

  • The child seat you use may need to be different to the one your friend who has the same aged child has. This is because your car seat needs to be in line with the legal requirements for your child’s height and weight.

  • Car seats often get worn, so be sure to check for any wear and tear. Take a look at the manufacturers tag to check the expiration date.

  • Make sure the seat in suitable for your child as well as it being compatible with your car. ISOFIX is the international standard for attachment and most modern vehicles have compatible mounts. If your car seat is secure, there shouldn’t be room for it to move around. If you have any doubt, it’s always best to seek professional advice.

  • Always install the restraint on the back seat of your car where possible. If the front is the only option, ensure the front passenger airbag controls are disabled by taking your car to a garage.

  • Small children are more at risk of spinal cord injuries in a front facing seat, so make sure you place them in a rear facing one for as long as necessary.