Children also need to be carefully strapped into vehicles. The law is just as stringent when it comes to little ones, as it is adults.
It’s a parent or guardian’s responsibility to make sure that children in their vehicle are:
- In the right car seat or booster seat for their weight and height until they reach 135cm tall or aged 12
- Wearing a seatbelt if they are 12 or over, or are taller than 135cm
You can be fined up to £500 if a child under 14 isn’t in the correct car seat or wearing a seat belt while you’re driving.
The best protection you can give your child when travelling by car is to strap them into a car seat.
There are many types available, so shop around and take your time. It’s best to take your child along with you and ask if you can try before you buy. It’s important that you get the most suitable one for the age, height and weight of your child, and, of course, one that fits your vehicle.
It’s worth visiting those retailers who have staff trained in child car seats, and even better if they offer to fit them for you as part of the service.
Children with disabilities or medical conditions may be exempt from using a car seat, but they may be able to use a disabled person’s seatbelt or a child restraint designed for their needs. A doctor can issue an exemption certificate if necessary.