Is Your Child Buckled Up and Safe to Go?

(Last Updated On: February 16, 2017)

Is Your Child Buckled Up and Safe to Go?


Deaths resulting from people not wearing seat belts rose from 34 in 2014 to 42 in 2015 across Ontario. Despite strict legislation it continues to be a problem across Canada including in BC. South of the border, 35% of under-13s who die in car accidents were not wearing seat belts. Many younger children are not sitting in correctly installed child car seats and booster seats.


Mothers and fathers across Canada take their children on often long car journeys. Yet, many of them are unaware of the correct ways to make a car child safe especially including how to install and use a car seat. These include 6 common mistakes:


  1. Using the wrong kind of car seat

  2. Not registering the seat with the manufacturer

  3. Not securing the seat adequately to the vehicle

  4. Not securing the child to the seat properly

  5. Not using booster seats for older children

  6. Ignoring car seat recalls

There is a lot more we can do as parents to make sure our children are as safe as possible. This includes a lot of the sensible, usual precautions such as adhering to driving rules, being alert, not driving while sleepy or under the influence of alcohol, and ensuring the car is well maintained.

For more advice, check out this article :

An Essential Parent & Child Driving Safety Guide

Many moons ago, Carmen became an ICBC-approved driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, and has spent many years working with new and experienced drivers around the lower mainland. She can be found reading the Motor Vehicle Act for fun while receiving strange looks from others. May the quest for great driving continue!