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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