China has one of the highest and most dangerous traffic accident records in the world. Whenever I am driving, road safety is always on my mind, especially when traveling with two young children. We always make sure Tanya and Alicya are securely strapped into their car seats, but this is not common in China. In fact only 1% of Chinese families with cars use child seats. It’s a frightening statistic, which results in 185,000 deaths a year in China of children under 14. It is more common to see parents holding their children in the back seat or even in the front seat without either wearing a seat belt. The problem is due to a lack of culture towards safety, insufficient knowledge about the dangers and weak laws, which if they exist are not rigorously enforced. Also many children don’t like to use car seats at first, so many parents give up when their child is crying and screaming to get out. We went though this situation with Tanya, so it was painful and difficult period for everyone, but I insisted she had to use it. Now she is pretty good and enjoys being in her own seat, which gives us all the peace of mind when driving on the roads in China.
(Blog posted by Ray on March 22, 2014. You can see the original article by following this link to rayallychina.com)