Parents and carers of Passengers

Parents and carers can make a real difference in ensuring their children - whether infants, children or young adults - are safer car passengers.

Choose a safe car has been developed to provide car buyers with independent information about the safety of the new and used cars on the Australian market. Cars are given a one to five star rating (five being the highest), based on results from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) for new cars or Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) which are an analysis of real world crash data. The How Safe is your First Car website includes small, medium and large sized used cars with either four or five star ratings ranging in cost from as little as $2,000 up to $14,000.

Ensure your child travels in the safest restraint

Visit the VicRoads child restraints page for information about choosing and using the safest restraint for your child. The RACV Child Restraint Fitting Guides gives further information on child restraints including fitters in your local area.

Not all child restraints are equal. Visit the Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) website to choose the safest restraint for your child. The CREP program rates child restraints and booster seats according to how well they protect your child in a crash, and how easy they are to use.

RACV and TAC have developed a series of videos which depict real Victorian parents and carers placing their children into child restraints and identifies some of the common mistakes. Go to the TAC website to view the How To Videos.

VicRoads has produced two road safety education storybooks and related apps written by renowned Australian author Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane. Parents and carers can share the engaging books and free apps with their children to encourage conversation and learning about road safety.

Help your child get in and out of the vehicle safely

The kerbside doors, away from traffic, are the safest doors for children to get in and out of the car.

Make it a habit of getting your children in and out of the car from the passenger side – away from traffic. As your children become more independent, they will then expect to continue this habit.

Encourage your children to make safe transport choices

Visit Safer P Platers for all you need to know to help get your young driver safely through their P plates.

Talk to your P plate driver about getting to and from their destination safely they can:

  • Use public transport with friends, including the Night Buses where available
  • Share taxi's and ride sharing vehicles with friends
  • Drive themselves to a party (reasonably early) with no more than one friend, stay the night if safe and drive home in the morning
  • Take a lift with a friend and stay overnight
  • Ask for a lift from an experienced driver, such as a fully licensed driver
  • Ask for you to drive them
27 Jul 2017