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Car safety and children:

With three children recently being run over and killed by the family car – we thought it was a pertinent time for us to put together some easy but essential things to do
By Eleni Mitakos
Date: October 28 2011
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With three children recently being run over and killed by the family car – we thought it was a pertinent time for us to put together some easy but essential things to do to ensure that no more beautiful children are killed and families left devastated.

1.            Make car safety the most important element of driving. When kids are in the car, supervise them entering and exiting the car

2.            Make sure an adult ensures each child is put into the child restraint and checks that the seatbelt is on correctly. 

3.            Have children listen for the ‘click’ when a the seatbelt is clicked in – it gets them thinking about safety

4.            Before you run out the door, no matter how rushed, make sure you are holding children’s hands – it’s hard at times, especially going to school and work – but always put children in the car first and then pack bags

5.            If you’re on your own in the car, have a quick look around the car before driving off, especially reversing – don’t just rely on the camera in the car

6.            Account for all children before driving off. Can you see them? Teach children where to stand so that you can always see them before you drive off

7.            Teach children at a young age to not just listen for cars, but to look as well. Teach them that the white lights on the rear of a car means the car is reversing

8.            Before you turn the key and start driving, take 30 seconds to prepare your trip. Where are you going, which way will you use to get there and where are the children?

9.            Remember 30 seconds late is not a big sacrifice to help keep you and your family safe

Eleni Mitakos is from Galmatic. Galmatic is an all Australian company, with a strong passion for empowering women to take the driver’s seat when it comes to cars, driving and the road safety of their family and friends. For more details on Galmatic visit www.galmatic.com

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