Everyday Safety Aspects

Community Release: November 21st 2018

Media Release: November 14th 2018

Facebook post: June - Concerning industry attitudes and lack of awareness.  

How can we all travel safely?

If everyone knew what 'risk management' is in respect to passenger safety, then children would benefit as a natural consequence.

Many adults do not understand basic injury risk management factors, so how are they expected to teach their children effectively?

Let's get the right messages across!

Do you want to make difference?

Join with ACRI and become a 'Child Passenger Safety Technician'. Be part of the solution and not part of the problem, helping people with messages that empower their daily safe travel practices.

'Professional membership' provides affiliation, training, exposure and ongoing support. https://www.acri.com.au/Membership.aspx 

'Safe travel principles'

  1. Take time: In preparing for your trip and whilst you're driving.
  2. Ensure you keep a safe distance from the car in front.
  3. Always travel at a speed which will allow you to avoid a collision.
  4. Look as far up the road as possible.
  5. Use a restraint suitable to the passenger, this means:
    1. In the case of an infant or young child, a rearward facing restraint is necessary for as long as the product limits allows you to. This may mean up to two years or more with some Australian products.
    2. The placement of the straps or seat belt must be correct in relation to the passengers body ie; low and tight across the hips and providing upper body restraint across shoulder/s away from vulnerable part of their body. Eg: head or neck.
    3. Consider head protection factors, use the centre seat position of the vehicle if possible and or ensure head protection factors of any child restraint are positioned correctly
    4. Check that the restraint and/or vehicle is providing 'whiplash' protection ie; has the passenger some restraint behind their head to avoid the extension rearward of their neck. Head restraints (headrests) must be suitably positioned.
    5. With child restraints always be mindful of their limitations (read the labels).
  6. If you're using a child restraint ensure that it comply's with the AS/NZS 1754 standard. (It's best if the restraint is less than 10 years old: Check the build date on the product)
  7. If you're using any child restraint or restraint accessory ensure you install and use it correctly every trip.
  8. Never not rely alone, on someone else having installed it.

These safe travel principles have been pertinent for over thirty years and are still where the focus for safe travel of all passengers needs to start.

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