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. The NRMA Child Restraint Fitting Guides test a variety of popular vehicle makes and models for the ease of fitting child restraints and booster seats.

Ensure your child travels in the safest restraint

Visit the VicRoads website for information about choosing and using the safest restraint for your child.

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. To view the videos, visit Nino's Child Restraint Challenge

VicRoads has produced two new road safety education storybooks and related apps 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 NightRider buses where available.
  • They can share a taxi with friends.
  • They can drive themselves to a party (reasonably early) with no more than one friend, stay the night if safe and drive home in the morning.
  • They can get a lift with a friend and stay overnight.
  • They can get a lift with a more experienced driver, such as a fully licensed driver.
  • You can drive them.
05 Feb 2016