Safe family holiday travels (2/3)

By Drum Digital
01 April 2015

Keeping your precious cargo safe

Keeping a focus on both safety and sanity on your family road trips

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1.    Ensure everyone in the car is safely secured. South African law requires that all vehicle passengers should wear a seatbelt at all times, and the onus is on the driver to ensure it happens. A baby should be in an approved and preferably rear-facing child seat.  Older children (15-25kgs) should be secured in a booster seat with a seatbelt on, preferably in the rear of the vehicle.

2.    Make sure your baby is not exposed to direct sunlight for long periods while in the vehicle – block the sun with a shade screen.

3.    Never leave your baby, or pets, unattended in a vehicle; temperatures can easily reach more than 40°C within a very short period of time (especially in a closed vehicle), and this can cause heat exhaustion and even prove fatal.

4.    The trip home after the holiday  is always the least enjoyable part. Ensure you do not  rush home, as this will put you and your family at risk. To keep safe all the way home, rather treat the trip home as part of your holiday,  keep your speed down and enjoy the scenery.

5.    For peace of mind, keep your AA Membership card and AA Emergency Call Centre number (0861 000 234) close at hand.

Source: The Automobile Association of South Africa

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