As of 1 May 2015 the law requires children under the age of three to sit in a car seat no matter how long the journey. Whether it's in town or on the long road. There are still parents who allow their children to travel without car seats.
Statistics by Arive alive have shown that a car seat that is installed correctly can reduce the chance of babies dying in an accident by 70% and 47% - 54% in children under four years.
According to the national road traffic law, all children under the age of three must be transported in car seats and you can receive a hefty fine if you are pulled over.
- Keep the car seat straps snug.
- Keep kids rear-facing for as long as possible.
- Don't start using a booster seat too soon — and don't stop using a booster seat too soon.
- Make sure everyone in the car is buckled up.
- After you installed your child's car seat, have it checked by a trained technician.
- Remember that the centre seat is generally the safest spot in the car for kids.
- Don't text or talk on the phone while driving.
- Remember car seats expire.