Parents Move to Booster Seats Too Early

  A CARRS-Q evaluation of the changes to car child restraint laws has found almost a quarter of children up to seven years of age weren’t wearing the right type of restraint for their age. The study found that this was especially the case for three to four-year-old children who were being moved into booster seats or adult seat belts too early. In some cases the study even found child passengers weren’t restrained at all. Lead Researcher Dr Alexia Lennon said all this put children at greater risk of injury in a crash. “Restraints give the best protection when they are the right size for the child. The new laws were designed to help parents use their child’s age to tell which restraint is the most suitable,” she said. Dr Lennon said the evaluation endeavoured to determine whether new State government legislation for child restraints had been effective in getting children into restraints appropriate for their ages. “We found that children do appear to be more appropriately restrained than prior to the introduction of the changes to the law in 2010 and this is very encouraging. However, too many children are still wearing seat belts and other restraints that are simply too big for them. “Children should be restrained in forward facing child seats until they can’t fit into them any more and for most children, this doesn’t happen until they are at least four years old. Once the child has outgrown the forward facing seat, then a booster seat can be used,” she said. Dr Lennon said there was a place for retailers, particularly larger department stores, to...
All-new 2017 Kia Sportage receives Top Safety Pick Plus

All-new 2017 Kia Sportage receives Top Safety Pick Plus

  Demonstrating Kia Motors’ ongoing commitment to safety and continuous improvement, the all-new 2017 Kia Sportage has earned the highest designation possible – Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) – from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with optional front crash prevention. The rating reflects top scores in each of five crashworthiness tests as well as the integration of driver assistance technologies to aid in crash prevention. “The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the most recognized and respected organizations in the industry when it comes to evaluating vehicle safety, and as such, the Top Safety Pick Plus designation is a significant achievement,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “We are especially proud to have our all-new Sportage earn that TSP+ rating in light of IIHS’ new, more challenging standards, validating the efforts of our engineers and the priority we place on safety.” IIHS testing parameters were changed for 2016, requiring each vehicle to earn “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints – as well as an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention in order to qualify for a TSP+. The 2017 Sportage is available with a wide range of driving-assistance systems and safety features including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)1, Blind Spot Detection (BSD)1 with Lane Change Assist (LCA)1, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)1, and Bi-HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL)1 technology, high-beam assist (HBA)1, and front and rear parking assist1. Furthermore, the structure of the all-new Sportage is significantly improved due...
The Best Just Got Better

The Best Just Got Better

Carnival scores 5-star ANCAP safety rating Kia’s award-winning Carnival people-mover has won an ANCAP safety upgrade from four stars to five following a re-testing of the car earlier this year. Launched just on 12 months ago, the Carnival was rated four-stars in the initial crash test, a result that Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith described at the time as “disappointing”. Mr Meredith committed Kia to lifting the score to the maximum five stars and said the success of that program is a “very satisfying” outcome. “At the time of the original test it is fair to say that we were disappointed, but safety is a non-negotiable for Kia and the determination of all involved to retain Kia Motors Australia’s record of an all five-star model line-up was admirable,” Mr Meredith said. ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin said: “After a disappointing four-star result for the Carnival in March last year, Kia has worked to implement a number of safety improvements which saw the vehicle reach the five-star mark. “A number of design changes to the Carnival saw the score in the frontal offset test increase substantially.” The Frontal Offset crash test result increased from 10.48 to 14.29 out of 16 points. The Kia Carnival is the first vehicle to meet ANCAP requirements to be awarded a 2016 date stamped ANCAP safety rating. The five-star rating applies to all variants of the Carnival manufactured on or after December 23, 2015. The Carnival scored a total of 34.62 in the latest test, with substantial improvements in the frontal off-set test to go along with the perfect 16 out...

Are You As Dangerous As a Drunk Driver?

Chances are you have a deadly habit. You might not even be aware of it. But the fact is, 76% of Queenslanders use their phones when driving. Luckily, you can do something about it. Check out the videos and get the facts. Share them with your friends. Help spread the word. Then, it's time to take action.   Youtube...

Lane Filtering

Lane filtering can be quite difficult to understand. Watch this video from Queensland Transport and Main Roads to find out about lane filtering rules that apply to motorcycle riders in Queensland and how to keep safe while doing...
Driver Training

Driver Training

Innovation has been the key to our road safety success and we have revolutionised several aspects of driver training in Australia. What makes our training content unique from our competitors is our approach to introduce driver biomechanics, ergonomics, safe driving skills, fatigue and distraction reduction, attitude, observation and concentration.  The delivery (distribution) of a portion of our training challenged traditional post licence driver education in Australia. DSA pioneered and introduced the first driver safety training delivered via online courses and simulators. Customers and their staff now have driver training delivered more efficiently and effectively at a lower cost. Our driver education and management systems employ a range of training strategies that are supported by current research findings in the areas of bio-mechanics, human movement and driving psychology. Our goal is to create a better, safer and more balanced driver. We focus our driver safety message on saving lives of all driving...