Dog box danger!
Some parents risk their kid’s lives by letting them ride in the boot of the car.
Most cars come with standard safety features such as airbags, seatbelts and crumple zones specifically designed to protect passengers from injury. The trouble is, if these safety features are overlooked or misused, the driver or passenger may be injured or even killed in the event of an accident. A Parent24 reader wrote in recently to share her horror at seeing a local day care teacher picking up a large group of kids every day and putting them in the BOOT of her SUV/minivan.

Young lives at risk

Not only do these kids travel without seatbelts, they are also in danger of injury should the minibus be struck from behind. In addition, it is not known whether or not the driver of the minibus has taken out additional passenger liability insurance in case of accidents. This means that the parents of the children travelling in the boot of the minibus may incur huge medical costs in the event of an accident (or that the owner/driver could incur huge costs when sued). (Hollard Life).

The driver of a vehicle who does not stick to the rules of the road may also be fined.

What about your child’s safety on the road?

Many parents insist on being the driver when their kids need to be taken on school trips or to sports matches so that they have peace of mind about their kids wearing seatbelts. Some parents do not have access to a car or cannot take time off work to do this, leaving their children vulnerable to riding under dangerous conditions.

Some quick tips:
  • Make sure that your child insists on riding in a car or vehicle with a seatbelt.
  • Ask your school about any transport the school hires or owns and whether or not it comes with seatbelts.
  • Don’t let your child travel in the boot of the car or in an open-topped bakkie.
  • Don’t allow someone else’s child to travel in the boot of your estate car or minivan.
Road safety can never be guaranteed, but any safety precautions available should always be taken to minimise the risks of travelling even short distances.

If you see recklessness on the road, here’s how to report it:

How to report reckless parents

Do your kids always buckle up?

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