Recent research from Britax, the childhood mobility company, suggests that almost a third of UK parents, a staggering 32%, admit they have taken a journey without their child being in a valid car seat. Such statistics show that the UK are way behind their European friends when it comes to car safety.
It’s really worrying to think that there are children being transported in the backs (and fronts) of cars and how easily their lives are being put at risk. Even the most careful of drivers can have accidents, sometimes it’s not even their fault, it’s others on the road who you cannot trust and therefore it’s so important to keep your children as safe as possible when travelling in the car.
Further statistics from the State of Safety pan European report are equally as worrying;
– 26% of parents say they have broken the speed limit with their children in the car
– Parents are spending more time and money choosing new phones / tablets than choosing their child’s car seat, this is just completely unacceptable in my mind. The wealth of information available to Parents, in the form of reviews, consumer reports, YouTube videos and brand websites there really is no excuse not to do some research to make sure your childs car seat is suitable.
– One in ten UK parents admit they have sat their child on their lap for car journeys – 9 per cent of these parents said it was because they didn’t know how to fit their car seat. I personally think this is just unacceptable. If you don’t know how to fit the car seat, seek advice. Britax have a wealth of information available on their website, including user manuals and how to’s so there really is no excuse not to know how to fit your childs car seat.
– 23% of those surveyed said they didn’t use a car seat because they were “only going on a short journey”. Car accidents can happen to anyone and anywhere regardless to the length of the car journey. As I said earlier, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been in the car for ten minutes or two hours, accidents can happen and others can crash into you regardless of how carefully driven your car is!
– One in seven parents freely say they don’t know when to move their child up to the next stage or group seat and 22% would incorrectly change simply to make more space in the car. I have to admit that the current laws and regulations relating to car safety are confusing but that is no excuse in leaving children vulnerable in car journeys where their parents are at the wheel.
“Parents are understandably concerned about childhood safety, particularly when in the car. Yet our study shows that parents are knowingly and unknowingly still taking risks.” Paul Gustavsson of CEO Britax Group Limited comments.
“This is often due to parents being left baffled by the huge product choice or the complexity of legal guidelines, indicating a need for the entire industry to collectively come together to do make safety simpler. The State of Safety Report clearly shows where we need to help explain, remind and guide to help parents cut out seemingly small risks that could have a monumental and heart breaking impact on their lives. We strongly urge parents to take a little more time to get the facts and arm themselves with this excellent free information from Britax. It may help keep their little ones safer and enable them to live family life to the full – free from the sadness and regret we tragically see too often from otherwise loving and caring parents who made a momentary error and are now having to live with the consequences of that error for the rest of their lives”.
As a Britax Mumbassador, I urge anyone who would like some more information on the latest regulations and best practice in child car safety to check out the Britax website at www.britax.co.uk.
Disclaimer: I am pleased to publish this post in conjunction with the Britax Mumbassador Scheme.