Quiz: Child safety

Better yet, the MTO Driver Handbook will show you all the traffic signs that you will encounter during the driving test; and what they mean.

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A child must have a seat with a tether strap attached to the tether anchor of the vehicle if they weigh between 9 kg and…?
18 kg
22 kg
16 kg
14 kg

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A forward facing child seat should have a minimum of what amount of the base supported by the vehicle’s seats?
80%
60%
95%
50%

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Child seats are most safely located…?
On the rear seat
On the front seat
On a seat with an airbag
Any of these

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If a lap belt is the only seatbelt available, children should…?
Use the lap belt on its own
Use a booster seat on its own
Use the lap belt and booster seat in combination
Be left unrestrained

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Wherever possible children should be seated in the rear seats until they reach the age of…?
13
15
11
9

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Rear facing child seats should rest at an angle of…?
45°
55°
35°
65°

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Children must be restrained in an approved car seat facing the rear of a vehicle if they weigh less than…?
9 kg
7 kg
11 kg
5 kg

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A booster seat increases protection in comparison to a seatbelt used alone by …?
60%
40%
20%
80%

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Child seats should have a maximum play when properly secured of…?
2.5 cm
5 cm
10 cm
15 cm

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Providing appropriate protection for a child reduces the chances of them being injured or killed by…?
75%
55%
35%
15%

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Wrong!

Children who will not fit into a forward facing car seat must use a booster seat if they weigh between 18 kg and 36 kg and are less than what height?
145 cm
125 cm
95 cm
165 cm

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Top Tips For Child Safety While Driving

Traveling with children can be fun, but you must take safety measures very seriously to keep the children safe. Besides ensuring you have an apt car seat installed correctly, you need to drive slowly and safely. That way, you will lower your risk behind the wheel and stay safe from aggressive drivers while avoiding clashes.

From staying focused and keeping your speed down to buckling up and avoiding distractions, here are safety tips to enhance child safety while driving.

 

Use child-appropriate car seats

Child Safety While DrivingThe right car seat can help enhance child safety while driving. For this reason, it is imperative to do your search and get an apt seat for your child.

Car seats are a legal obligation in Canada, but when it comes to ensuring child safety, you can’t just install any seat. That said, the right car seat for your child will depend on the child’s age and measurement. When buying your baby car seat, you want to follow guidelines that regulate the use of car seats in Canada and follow the instructions supplied by the manufacturer.

The idea is to ensure the seat on which your child is seated reduces the chances of the child sustaining an injury should you be involved in an accident.

 

Buckling up

Even with the best baby car seat, you want to ensure that your child remains in place all through as you drive. One of the surest ways to keep children in their seats is by buckling up. Even if you are driving with teenagers in the backseat, make sure they all fasten their belts.

Importantly, seat belts should NEVER be shared.

 

Minimize distraction

Distracted drivers are a major cause of accidents, and while there are many distracting factors, in this day and age, mobile phones are the biggest distraction when it comes to driving safely, even without kids. Kids are also fascinated by most things and may cause you to take your eyes off the road.

To ensure safety, avoid anything that diverts your attention from the task of driving. Even if you are an experienced driver on a road with less traffic, always remember that driving requires the full attention of the driver.

 

Never leave kids unattended

Leaving children alone inside or around your car can be risky, even when your car is parked. If you’re driving with kids in the car and want to excuse yourself, always make sure to double-check potential threats no matter how long you will be gone.

Generally, it is not a good idea to leave kids inside a car.

 

Drive slowly

All new drivers are advised to drive slowly and for a good reason.

This may seem obvious, but sometimes we are tempted to rush, even without a genuine reason to do so. When driving, with or without kids in the car, it is advisable that you maintain a reasonable speed.

Your driving speed should match the road and weather conditions. Keep in mind that higher speeds make controlling a car difficult, no matter the conditions.

 

Final thoughts

Driving is a thinking task that requires full attention. While there is no way to stay risk-proof, avoiding aggressive and inattentive driving tendencies can help enhance safety on the road. For your safety and the safety of your kids, make sure to follow these five safety tips.