Keeping your child safe on the road requires awareness of the rules and safety tools you can utilise. One of the things you can take advantage of is the use of child car restraint, which can reduce the risk of road traffic accidents and injury.
According to a recent survey with 513 parents by four undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University, 78.4% of parents own child car restraints but only 55% use them all the time. The survey is part of “The Safe Seat Campaign,” Singapore’s first-ever campaign encouraging parents with children aged 0 to 10 to secure their children in child car restraints.
To ensure your kid’s car seat safety, here are some things you should keep in mind:
#1 Your child must be secured if his height is below 1.35 metres, no matter what his age is
The Singapore Road Traffic Rules mandate that anyone below 1.35 metre will have to use child restraint, regardless of age. Anyone above that height must wear a seatbelt.
#2 Make sure you’re using the right car seat
It is a must to use the proper car seat design appropriate for your child’s age, weight, and height. If your child is under two years, you may use rear-facing seat. Check the weight or height limit specified by the car seat manufacturer so you can change the seat to a forward-facing car seat, which is the advisable type for kids aged 2 to 5.
#3 Upgrade your car seat once your child outgrows his current seat design
A booster seat is the appropriate upgrade if your child has grown bigger or taller. Seatbelts are your best friend, too. Never forget to secure your child with a seatbelt for added protection.
#4 Seat your child at the back
The middle position at the back seats is the safest seat for your little one because it’s away from the car doors and windows so the impact in case of accident is minimised. Ideally, children under four years old should not be placed in the front seat if a car has two or more rows.
#5 Avoid front seat distractions by giving your child something else to do
Whether it’s a book, a tablet, or a stuff toy he can play with, keep your child preoccupied with something else so he won’t distract you while driving. This is especially useful for longer drives and if you’re driving alone with your child.
#6 Never leave your child alone inside the car
No matter what happens, do not leave your child alone inside a car. Never ever. Even if you think you’ve put everything in place, cars’ temperature may change drastically in just a matter of minutes. You may also leave your car keys accidentally so it’s always better to keep an eye on your child.