In-car safety

In 2014, 195 children aged 12-16 died or were seriously injured whilst in a car.

  • Distraction
    Distractions are not limited to young people or pedestrians. Car drivers, whether young or experienced, can easily be distracted. You can set a good example and stay safer by giving the road your full attention. Using hand-held mobile phones while driving is against the law. When using a mobile phone, reaction times are slowed and you are four times more likely to crash. Even with a hands-free kit, talking on a mobile phone is still a major distraction when driving.
  • The Split screen (mobile phones) advertisement focuses on how a mobile phone conversation caused a collision.
  • Seat belts
    Do you always wear your seat belt? Do you make sure your son or daughter always wears one on every trip? Make sure that wearing a seat belt becomes a habit with them. Tell them that seat belts do save lives and that you are twice as likely to die in a crash if you don't wear a seat belt – and that this is true for adults, just as much as young people. Talk to your son or daughter about making the right safety decisions when you're not with them. Make sure they wear their seat belt when being given a lift by other adults. If your son or daughter has reached the age of 14 it will now be their responsibility to wear a seat belt and they will incur a fine if they don't wear one, not the driver.
  • The Three strikes (seat belts) advertisement focuses on the importance of wearing a seat belt. Note: You may wish to show younger children the pre 9 o'clock watershed version of the advertisement.
  • Other road users
  • For many young people a bicycle is a vital form of transport. Cycling is healthy and enjoyable but cyclists can be vulnerable on the road and in 2014, 235 young people aged 12-16 were killed and seriously injured in Great Britain.