ELAA, VicRoads and other Road Safety Education partners have developed a number of great resources for families to use to help young children develop the skills they need to become safe and independent road users.
There is essential information for families on safe transportation of children, using child car seats, children as pedestrians, using bikes and wearing helmets.
Prior to buying a child car seat visit www.childcarseats.com.au for information and safety ratings. This useful site can help you compare child car seats in terms of safety protection and ease of use.
Parents often ask When is it safe for a child to use an adult seatbelt or sit in the front seat?
Children aged between 7 and 16 years are required to use a booster seat or adult seat belt when travelling in a vehicle. An adult lap sash seatbelt is designed for people of a minimum height of 145 cms and over (the average age children reach this height is between 10 to 12 years old).
The safest option for your child will depend on your child’s height – do the five step test to find out.
The five step test
This five-step test can help assess whether a child is big enough to be safely restrained by a seatbelt. The child should be able to:
- Sit with their back against the seat back
- Bend their knees comfortably over the front of the seat cushion
- Sit with the sash belt across their mid-shoulder
- Sit with the lap belt across the top of their thighs
- Remain in this position for the whole trip.
Information to download
Child Restraints October 2016 – VicRoads
Child restraints and airbags – RACV