Just because your child no longer sits in a car sear or booster, it does not mean they do not need to be strapped in. As a child matures and becomes more responsible, it is easy to stop checking their seatbelt. Whilst it is obvious that wearing a seatbelt is essential, it remains of equal importance that their belt is correctly positioned. Similar to car seats, an incorrectly positioned seat belt can be dangerous and may not provide the correct protection for your child in the event of a sudden stop or accident.
Take note of the following important points:
- The shoulder harness of the seat belt should be positioned over the shoulder and across your child’s chest. There should be minimal or no slack in the strap.
- The seat belt should lie snugly across our child’s hips once it is fastened.
- The belt should not be twisted at all.
- Your child’s legs should be on the floor at a 90 degree angle.
- Your child should be able to sit still in their seat; moving around too much can cause the seat belt to move or twist.
Teens are old enough to be able to do these checks on their own, so spend some time showing them exactly how the strap needs to be positioned. Every now and then check that they are doing it correctly and more importantly that they always buckle themselves up.
Every child Cool (kids’) Cabs transports, regardless of their age, will be strapped in correctly. This is a non-negotiable and our drivers will make sure that every child is correctly strapped in before they leave.