Motoring – Kids in transit!
Keep your most-precious cargo safe every time you get into a car. Be responsible and ensure your ride is equipped with safety belts and car seats
Commuting with children in the car — to and from school, the shops or on a road trip — can be nerve-wracking at times. Their energy and demands for attention can be distracting. But, one thing you should never compromise on is their safety, so make sure kids under 12 preferably sit in the back and buckled up, no matter what they say. Here’s how to ensure you and your young passengers reach your destination in one piece: Know the law: If you do, it will be easy to teach your kids. Set the example by buckling up. Explain to them why and the importance of following the rules – that way, they can avoid distracting you from driving safely.
Buckle them up: Arrive Alive statistics show 84% of South African children travel in cars without seat belts. Every single passenger must wear a seat belt at all times, even for a short trip. If your kids are toddlers, settle them in their car seat, teach older kids how to strap themselves in. Instruct them to stay seated: Because kids are energetic, they want to move around, even in a car. But, as the driver, you are responsible for their safety. Don’t let your front passenger hold them on their lap either.
Keep them occupied: Chat to them, play a verbal game, and on long trips entertain them with an electronic device so they remain calm. Do provide a bag with munchies to snack on. Teach them important details: In the event of an accident, your kids must be able to identify themselves, say where they’re from and know important phone numbers. Safe travels!
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