Safety in the car: 8 common mistakes that endanger your children

Safety has the right of way: To make sure that everyone arrives in good health, you should avoid these common mistakes when driving with children.

Yes, they are so big, right? But are they too? By law, children are only allowed to drive without a child seat from a height of 1.50 meters. Stay tuned.

But that is no longer allowed. Since 2014, child seats up to 15 months must have baby seats facing the direction of travel or sideways. For a good reason: In rear-end collisions, the comparatively heavy baby’s head is thrown around extremely. Even at low speeds, this can lead to serious injury or even death. In baby bowls, which are attached backwards, this risk decreases significantly, since they act as a kind of protective barrier.

Experts recommend leaving children in rear-facing seats as long as possible. So, if the kid is convincing somehow to go backwards, then do it!

As soon as children have outgrown the group 1 child seat (up to 18 kilos), the temptation is to leave them sitting on a booster seat. Permitted is the booster seat from a weight of 15 kilograms.

However, it is far from being as safe as a Class 2/3 child safety seat with a backrest and side impact protection. In addition, booster seats have no belt guide on the upper body, so that the belt is often too close to the neck and can cut there. If children fall asleep on a booster seat, they also quickly slip out of the upper belt and are no longer secure.

If you use a booster seat in exceptional cases (for example, because the child is traveling somewhere else): Make sure that she has at least guide horns on the side. These ensure that the belt does not slip up in an accident, which can otherwise lead to severe abdominal injuries. A thick pillow is therefore not recommended for children under 1.50 meters.

Yes, it may be that the child finds it more comfortable, but you are not allowed to do it under your arm anyway. In a collision, the child’s body otherwise works with full force forward. The burden on the cervical spine is enormous and it can be injured on impact on the knees.

Ask yourself: why does the belt ever scratch the neck? Presumably because the child is sitting too low or the belt is not properly guided. In a child seat suitable for height and age, the belt should automatically lie comfortably above the chest and collarbone. If he does not, you have to change something in the settings or get a new seat.

No, do not do that. The belt should always be tight, otherwise the child will be thrown too forward in an accident and the cervical spine overstretched. In addition, the danger is great that it will come out of the belt. Of course, he should not be too tight. You should still be able to push a finger under it comfortably.

Extra tip for the winter: pulls the child from thick jackets and snowsuits. Because: Before the belt can support the body in a full braking, he must first through the thick layers of clothing through – which costs valuable time. Neck and stomach are more heavily loaded, the head threatens to hit the front on the backrests.

Basically, it always makes sense to reuse used things. But make sure that the seat is healthy and also meets the safety requirements. Since April 2008, old child seats that do not conform to the ECE R 44/03 or ECE R 44/04 test standard may no longer be used (according to ADAC, this can be seen on the child seat test certificate: The test number under an E in a circle must be 03 or start with 04). The over 13 year old child seats with test number 01 or 02 no longer fulfill the current safety requirements.

Almost all parents have already done. But that’s not a good idea. Because you can not properly secure the child, even if it may feel that way.

Problem 1 : If you push the three-point belt over the child’s stomach, it will be crushed by your weight in a rear-end collision.

Problem 2: If you are carrying the strap over your upper body, you have to hold on to the child – which is virtually impossible. Even at 40 km / h, the weight increases in a rear-end accident by 25 times.

Extra tip: Tell your kids when they are older that they should not drive in a car where they are not properly secured in the car seat. Tell them that it is okay if they refuse to ride and offers to pick it up themselves in such cases.

We wish you a safe journey – arrive safely!

Clear that you have to take a lot for a family vacation. Unfortunately, dangers do not only come from other vehicles, but also from the luggage in the car, which can become life-threatening bullets in the event of a collision or emergency braking – especially for small children. According to ADAC, unsecured objects would shoot 30 to 50 times their own weight in a 50 km / h impact. Therefore, please note:

• First load the heaviest parts in the trunk and push them to the back seat. Lighter luggage is on top of it.
• Items should not be placed on the parcel shelf but should be placed in the footwell or seats, packed in containers. If possible, secure large items of luggage with tension straps. Ideal are nets or grids that separate the trunk of the passengers.

• Avoid leaving any gaps between the luggage. To fill in the gaps between hard objects, blankets, pillows or backpacks are what you need.
• Do not use glass bottles in the interior. Otherwise, in the event of an accident, sharp-edged fragments will be created. A loose water bottle develops the weight of a potato sack in a crash with a speed of 50!

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