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'Make use of new car safety features this spring break'

'Make use of new car safety features this spring break'

Posted by Craig Salter

Britons planning on taking their new vehicle for a spring break in the near future might want to follow some tips that could keep their families, as well as their auto, safe.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has drafted some guidance for parents to follow when taking their children on a spring holiday, including making the most of common features fitted in may modern vehicles.

"You should also lead by example, as children's behaviour is heavily influenced by their parents," commented Peter Rodger, IAM chief examiner.

"Act responsibly when you drive, walk or cycle and your children will learn from your behaviour."

Youngsters must always be secured in the correct child restraint and Isofix seat mounts, which are fitted in many new cars, should be used to ensure the restrain is properly fitted.

Drivers are advised never to install a rear racing baby seat in the front if there is an active passenger airbag and make sure children aged over 14 use an adult seatbelt.

Meanwhile, those travelling with their caravans this Easter were recently urged to check the vehicles' tyres for damage that may have been sustained after being still for months.