…And how to avoid them.
It boggles my mind as to how there are still folks out there, in this day and age, who don’t understand the massive risks that are involved when choosing not to safely secure their kids in the appropriate car seats, or at all. I mean, yes, “you’re such a careful driver”, and “you’ve never been in an accident before”, right? I get it. Well, here’s a chilling truth: We lose 4 to 5 children in car crashes on a daily basis*.
Fortunately, as has been highlighted throughout the #CarseatFullstop campaign, the proper use of a correctly installed car seat greatly reduces a child’s risk of injury or death. BUT, here’s another dose of sobering stats, especially for the parents out there who thought they could breathe a sigh of relief, since we diligently bought the seats and strapped our kids in: Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under in South Africa**, in part because 4 out 5 car seats are used incorrectly and nearly a third of children ride in incorrect restraints for the size and age.
Dude! FOUR out FIVE car seats are not being used correctly!! That’s just mental! You do the maths on that and you’ll realise that between you and me, we may unfortunately probably be a part of those scary statistics.
In fact, there’s a slew of common mistakes that so many well-intentioned parents unknowingly and Continue reading