5 myths about driving children in a car
Myth 1. It is better to immediately buy a car seat "for growth" - it will last longer.
In fact: In order for the car seat to fulfill its protective function, it is important to choose it in accordance with the height and weight of the child. Chairs of the 0/0 + group are designed for children who are not yet sitting on their own (usually from birth to 6 months / 13 kg); they are installed so that the baby is facing up against the movement of the machine. Chairs of group 1 are suitable for babies weighing from 9 to 18 kg, groups 2 and 3 - 15−25 kg and 22−36 kg, respectively (all of them are installed face in the direction of travel). There are also universal transformer seats designed for younger passengers (9−36 kg).
Myth 2. A newborn will do well without a car seat: firstly, it’s too early to sit, and secondly, it’s customary to pick up the baby from the maternity hospital in a beautiful blanket with bows - he won’t fit in the chair, and thirdly, the first time we still don’t go anywhere re going.
In fact: The 0/0 + car seats are designed specifically for the transport of children from birth. They are designed so that the child reclines, fastened with five-point belts, and his head is additionally protected by a special soft roller: no harm to health! By the way, modern beautiful envelopes-blankets have holes for car seat belts. A car seat will be needed even for rare trips by car - and not because otherwise the driver will face a fine, but solely for safety reasons. And, by the way, in some countries the newborn will not be discharged from the hospital until the parents demonstrate that they have correctly installed the child seat in the car.
Myth 3. If we rarely drive a car with a child, it will be enough to buy a used car seat, cheaper. Both safe and economical!
In fact: Of course, you can buy a used car seat - but only if you are sure that it has not been in a car accident. The "emergency" seat can no longer be used: even if there is no external damage, the internal structure must have suffered, having fulfilled its protective function. When choosing an inexpensive seat, make sure that it complies with the international European safety standard: look for the ECE R44 / 03 or ECE R44 / 04 marking.
Myth 4. The child does not like to ride in the chair: he is bored and uncomfortable, and during the long journey he gets tired of sitting fastened.
In fact: If a baby rides in a chair from birth, such a problem is unlikely to arise. For all other cases, it is worth introducing the strict rule "the car does not drive until everyone is seated in their seats fastened." But the rules are the rules: we don’t cross, for example, the road to a red light. By the way, this also applies to adult passengers: it is worthwhile to fasten even in the back seat, otherwise during emergency braking you will be dangerous for other passengers (at a speed of 50 km / h your weight increases by about 30 times!) So that the young passenger is comfortable - when buying a chair, invite him to sit in different models and choose the most comfortable, as well as get a cozy pillow and travel blanket. And in order to avoid boredom during the trip - together choose toys that he will play only in the car (preferably soft and without small parts). During a long car trip, stop every hour - and play outdoor games together.
Myth 5. Large preschoolers and primary school children do not need a car seat: just fasten the child with a regular belt, and for convenience you can put a pillow.
In fact: The regular belt is designed for a person of at least 150 cm in height and at least 40 kg in weight - only in this case he will be able to ensure the safety of the passenger in the event of a car collision with an obstacle. A child fastened with a standard belt, at sharp braking, in the best case, will simply slip out from under him, in the worst case - he will get a serious injury to his chest and neck. Conversely, a correctly selected car seat in accordance with the height and weight of the child reduces the risk of injuries by more than 70%.
Do you know that:
- Carriage of a child in the front seat of the car is permitted by the rules of the road (clause 22.9), but only with the use of child restraints appropriate for the weight and height of the child. The front passenger seat airbag must be deactivated. You can study the issue in more detail at www.gibdd.ru.
- To avoid improper installation of the seat in the car, the Isofox fastening system will help - in this case, the car seat is firmly connected directly to the car chassis using a special mechanism.
- There are car seats that can be used not only in the car, but also in air travel: the seat label should have a special marking indicating that it is approved for use in aircraft.
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