Avis southern Africa wholeheartedly believes that “people are more important than cars” – a value that shows that Avis cares about the safety of its customers above all including their children.
The Transport Department recently amended the National Road Traffic act making it compulsory for motorists to strap children under the age 3 into a specialised car seat when they are passengers in a moving vehicle.
This legislation highlights the importance of keeping you and your children safe on the roads and has been welcomed by trauma doctors and road safety campaigners.
Prof Sebastian van As, the president of Childsafe and the head of trauma at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town says this legislation is long overdue. “For 20 years there has been no seatbelt law for children under the age of three. It was an indictment of our country, and was probably done for people who could not afford to buy child safety seats.”
With this law there are a variety of different car seats suited for children of all ages, making sure that they are as safe as can be.
Different age groups and car seats
When choosing the correct baby seat, your child’s weight determines the type of restraints you should be using. Older children who are above the height and weight require a proper fitting lap and diagonal seat belt when in the car. Child restraints must be used correctly so there is no increased risk of fatal and non-fatal injuries. Child restraints are designed to match a child’s height and weight, only when the child cannot physically fit, do you move them to the next category.
Avis has all these options available, providing the right equipment for children of all ages and sizes, keeping them safe and sound within the boundaries of the new laws.
Rainer Gottschick, Chief Executive Avis southern Africa says, “Whether you have a baby, or a toddler, or even need a booster seat for children up to ten years old, we’ve got your child’s safety covered. There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our customers and their children, which is why we strive to provide every avenue to protect them when in our vehicles.”
So next time you are traveling with your family make sure you put their safety first and have the correct seats if necessary and seat belts on at all times.
Learn more about Avis Child Safety Seat options here.