Welcome to the last day of our 6 Days of Road Safety from. Tune in, share and win. Day 6: Travelling safely in cars: strategies for coping with crying, fighting and long trips.
In Australia, transport related injuries are the leading cause of death and the second most common cause of hospitalisation for children aged zero to 14 years. This includes injuries to children as passengers, pedestrians, on bicycles, skateboards and scooters.
In 2011, approximately 75 percent of children aged zero to 14 years involved in fatal transport injuries were passengers. Among this age group, zero to four year olds have shown to be at greater risk of being involved in a fatal transport incident when compared to the 10 to 14 year old group.
Drive carefully and take regular breaks as many crashes are the result of driver fatigue. Be prepared for trips and below we have some top tips to stop your children’s behaviour distracting you.
Top 5 Tips for today
1. Don’t drive tired: Being a new mum can leave you frazzled and sometimes your reactions while driving tired could be compared to those of a drunk person. If you have had a particularly bad night consider spending a day at home. You probably don’t even have the strength to get out of your dressing gown anyway!
2. Leave your phone in the boot: You can still answer with Bluetooth. These days we are automatically programmed to check the phone when that message beeps. But that split second is the same as driving with a blindfold on.
3. On long tripdress the children in loose comfortable clothing. Rear-facing babies can overheat so dress one layer less. Stop the car every hour and a half to two hours at a park so everyone can have a drink and the kids can run around and the baby wriggle on a rug. When you get back into the car and on every trip check that all child seats are secured and the kids are buckled into their harnesses with the harness at the correct shoulder height.
4. Deal with distractions with distraction Preload a CD or audio book into your car player and sing or listen together. When the going gets tough and they are bickering in the background, a DVD player and a new movie works wonders on a long trip. Get your game on and google a range of car trip games to play – eye spy, spot the red car.
5. Soft toys are ideal for baby to look at or hold but do not allow hard object even a sippy cup loose in the back seat. In a collision loose object are dangerous missiles. A crying baby that doesn’t settle with the motion of the car is too distracting so pull over in a safe spot off the road, check the baby’s harness and position in the restraint, or feed and settle the baby before driving on. Ten minutes late is better than not to arrive at all.
Answer our question to win a family pass to Australia Zoo. Tell us your top tips for coping keeping the kids busy in the car on long trips?
Winners will be announced on 11th May 2015.
This wraps up our 6 days of Road Safety Campaign. Thank you to all our sponsors:
Drivenow.com.au, Britax, MoonMama, Australia Zoo. A special thanks to our mummy bloggers assisting in spreading the word online:
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