5 Ways you can make travelling in the car safer
We were keen to learn about what Sgt Bruce Wilson is seeing out on NZ roads, and what we can do to improve the safety of our customers and our communities.
Here is a list of our five key learnings from the meeting. They're easy things for you to implement in your family and your car, they won't cost much (or any) money, but they could make a difference. Safer communities together guys!!
1. Ignore the distractions
Sgt Bruce Wilson says: Teach your children that you'll pull over when you get to a safe place to do so and that they won't have your full attention while you're driving.
2 Ignore your phone
Bruce says: Using your phone while you're driving will lead to longer response times, it's so dangerous! Don't do it.
3. Give the seat a little wiggle
Bruce says: Car seats need to be installed correctly for every trip. Get in the habit of quickly checking yours every time you put your child in there, just a quick wiggle of the seat is enough.
4. Secure the projectiles
Sgt Bruce Wilson says: 'If you drive a station wagon, secure your luggage in the boot, especially before long trips. You can do this by using a luggage net over the luggage, or a cargo barrier between the boot and the back seat'.
5. Use the car seat correctly, every time
Install the seat correctly, as outlined in the manual.
Set a good example by using your seat belt every time you travel.
Sgt Bruce Wilson says: 'Follow the instructions in the manual, and use the car seat for every trip'.
While we had Sgt Bruce Wilson in store, we wanted to get his opinion on something we're asked about a lot...
FAQ- 'What's the safest spot in the car?'
The most common car crash scenario is nose to tail, in that case, the side of the car that the child is sitting in isn't really relevant.
The next most common is side-impact (especially common in cities). Car crash statistics show that the middle seat and the back seat passengers side are the best.
Bruce says: Let's imagine you're pulling out of your driveway and turning right, if you are hit by oncoming traffic from your right then they are going to hit you and the person in the driver's side behind you. If you're hit by traffic coming from your left (on the other side of the road) they're going to hit the back left corner of your vehicle, it's much less common in a side-impact for the back passenger's side to be hit directly.