Speed is still the biggest single factor in crashes, even in cities, but when you add drink, drugs and tiredness, it can spell disaster.
We all have a responsibility to make the roads safer, as drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians or passengers…we can all do our bit to keep our streets a safe place for all.
Front Seat Treat
Parents everywhere know how kids can pester, but in some cases as a parent you need to stand firm. Take the front seat of your car, kids love it and it’s often seen as a treat for them to see the road ahead, but there are hidden dangers and it literally is the most dangerous seat in the car.
You toddler by now can walk and talk freely and it’s often easy to think of them as ‘little adults’, yet they have no idea of the dangers that lurk in the front seat -
- the seat belt is designed to exert pressure on an Adult body, a child’s skeleton cannot take the pressures put on it. It is also designed for the height of an adult (155cm) so on a child it will be across the neck or they even submarine (slip out from underneath the belt) and hurtle forwards
- Airbags are a great safety feature but again they are designed in the front seat for an Adult. They are operated by an explosive charge and can cause serious injuries to adults, but a child’s body may not withstand the impact. Some cars you can switch off the bags, though even here because of the explosive charge they can still deploy in an accident regardless, that is why the Emergency services are very cautious around them. Some airbags need to be taken to the car dealer to be de-activated (at a cost) which means when an adult sits in the seat the next journey, their life is at risk!
- the passenger seat in the front is statistically more likely to be impacted because the driver swerves away from an accident. This is hard wired into all of us, we cannot overcome this human nature but we have to live with the results - best not take the risk!
- even with a car seat fitted in the front seat, the added dangers are too great to ignore
- all new cars now have in their manual sections on transporting children and they generally advise not to transport children in the front seat unless there is no alternative. This may have insurance implications as in an accident, an Insurance Company could argue that you were not driving the car as per the Manufacturer’s instructions
Needless to say, the law has grey areas, and this is no exception. If you have all your seats in the rear taken up with kids already and the only spare seat is the front, this is acceptable but put the oldest child in the front and uses a high back seat to position the seat belt correctly (and don’t forget the airbag!). Alternatively, a rear facing infant carrier can be fitted in the front seat If the air bag is switched off. But again, they are still better on the back seat.
Safest to say, your child is always safer travelling in the backseat and always in a proper car seat.
You can get your free Good Egg Car Seat Guide using the access code GESHULL below
www.hull.goodeggsafety.com(link opens in a new window)
Free car seat checks
Did you know that 8 out of 10 seats tested in Hull were found not to be fitted correctly? Even a brand new seat fitted incorrectly can cause severe injuries, as the video of the crash test below shows. Most people think that as car design makes cars safer each year then car seats become less important. They forget that all the safety features we rely on are designed for adults and not children, now injuries to children in cars are on the increase.
Road safety always recommends you buy a car seat from a retailer who offers a fitting service as a few pounds saved online or from a discounter can not only be a false economy but a life changing experience too.
That is why Hull City Council in partnership with Good Egg Safety will be running a series of car seat clinics throughout the year, check below to find out when the next one is.
Check out the crash test video of a counterfeit car seat bought online (opens in a new window)
Find your nearest or next clinic (opens in a new window)