Travelling with children adn pets over summer has become a hot issue in the road safety area.
Car crashes are the number one cause of child accidental death in Australia and Kidsafe, which is a Child Accident Prevention Foundation program is keen to promote awareness of the problem.
Top of the list is the fitting and wearing of child restraint systems. Around 70 per cent of in-vehicle child restraints are incorrectly fitted or used and that accounts for a high percentage of serious injury.
Parents should be aware of the following while travelling with children over the summer period:
On a typical Australian summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can be as much as 30 to 40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature. For example, on a 30 degree day, the inside car temperature could be as high as 70 degrees.
And larger cars heat up just as quickly as smaller cars. Winding windows down by five centimetres causes only a slight temperature drop.