One in three children does not use a car seat in the car

Road safety is very important and therefore parents and children should know the rules to behave on the tracks and avoid accidents. When it comes to teaching the young these vital indications, it is essential to take into account one: the theory is useless if there is no practice at home and if the parents do not set an example.

And as for the example, a survey conducted by Midas highlights how much remains to be done. Some of the data revealed by this work puts on the table that 14 percent of children under nine do not use the systems of child safety when traveling in the car. And that despite being something mandatory and fundamental to ensure the safety of children.

Habits of road safety for parents

The study, called 'Road Safety Habits of parents and children in the car' also shows that almost one third of children (the 28 percent) does not use any device. Of course, just over half of them (the 53 percent) is more than nine years old and could measure more than the required height (135 centimeters).

The children have been the object of study of other work and have been asked about various issues related to the road safety and the role of parents. Thus, for example, the vast majority (86%) say that they always travel in the back cars and virtually all (97%) recognize that their parents always wear a seatbelt.

In spite of how well the responsibility of the parents remains at this point, in the case of the mobile phone, their work is more questioned: 17 percent of the parents use the mobile phone (a punishable and very dangerous behavior) when carrying their son in the car. Of course, the good news is that almost half of the small respondents criticize this of their parents to be aware that it is a dangerous behavior.

Another negative behavior in which parents should improve is in their attitude towards other drivers: three out of ten children believe that their parents shout or make "ugly gestures" to other drivers, an attitude that is certainly not a good example for the little ones.

Children in cars

It is important to know how parents educate children, but also how they behave inside the car and if they put into practice what they have been taught. For example, more than half of the respondents (59 percent) say that only the car belt, while 23 percent do so with the help of their parents and 18 percent "sometimes alone and sometimes with help".

Parents have also been surveyed in this work about their attitudes in the car: 35 percent of them say they answer their children without turning around while driving, while 63 percent of respondents tell children wait until you reach the destination. However, the opinion of children is different: more than a half (53 percent) says that parents get distracted at the wheel to assist them.

Asked about their own behavior, almost all children between five and 12 years old say they are "obedient"And only two out of ten admit to being" regular. "In addition, 40 percent of children promise that they never ask their parents for anything when they drive.

Parents must set an example

Another important issue in the car is how it is parked. So relevant is driving from civic form how to leave the car in its place: neither on the sidewalk, nor in a double row, etc. These are attitudes in which, once again, parents must improve: almost half recognize that they park badly just to take the little ones by the hand to the school door.

Not only that, but at the time of returning to the car the behavior again leaves what to desire: 75 percent of parents pick up children at the door and leave them in their car, but it is the children who open the door, on many occasions irresponsible way.

To conclude, the study again highlights the difference in perceptions between children and parents. So for example, while 11 percent of the little ones believe that their parents They run a lot at the wheel, only 7 percent of seniors believe that he does so.

Be that as it may, this work is a tug at the ears of parents: the education of children depends on the parents and we often forget that we are the mirror in which the children look at each other. That's how we behave, they'll do it. What kind of people we want them to be? Road safety education is just one more.

Damián Montero

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