Seat Safety – a blog for for the parents

Hello dear readers!

As you know, my blog includes anything that is of interest to me. So being involved in South African Motorsport and having a passion for 4 wheels I was recently informed by the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists on something rather disturbing – something I had to share with you, especially if you are parents!

Wheel Well, a NPO doing amazing work in road safety shared the following with us. All parents want to protect their children as best they can. When it comes to child car safety, the correct child car seat can seem rather expensive and some parents may be tempted to choose a cheaper alternative. This had led to thousands of unsuspecting parents across the globe purchasing inexpensive “portable” car seat harnesses online.

These “cheaper” options offer parents a false sense of security and do not
help to prevent injury or death. Wheel Well are anxious to inform parents of the hazards of using this kind of device instead of a proper child car seat which conforms to EU regulations.

Authorities in the United Kingdom have conducted crash tests on cheaply made and untested “portable” car seat harnesses and the results are sobering. These cheap imported seats were shown to disintegrate at a low-speed collision of under 60kph,
propelling a crash test dummy into the front of the vehicle.

To put this in perspective, a normal child car seat is tested to survive impacts at speeds in excess of 100kph. With the huge forces involved in a car crash, parents must ensure they purchase car seats that adhere to current and tested regulations and standards.

In South Africa, we adhere to European standards and the car seat must feature an orange European Economic Commission stamp of approval sticker. Parents need to be aware that any defects and shortcomings of a car seat will become apparent during a crash … and that will be far too late!

Prevent a lifetime of regret and make sure you buy the correct and legal seat for your child. If you cannot afford a correctly certified car seat new, rather be in contact with Wheel Well on peggie@wheelwell.co.za

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2757724/Crash-test-revealshorror-moment-deadly-child-car-seat-disintegrates-impact-just-30mphthrowing-dummy-vehicle-safety-watchdogs-warn-thousands-soldonline-world.html

Please consider donating your old car seats to Wheel Well and if you have a car seat but are unsure if it meets the requirements, contact Peggie and get peace of mind. Do feel free to share this with other parents out there – spread safety!

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Until next time, in the spirit of children and road safety, drive as if every child on the street were your own…

Nadia xo xo

Throw kindness around like confetti!

Today’s blog has nothing to do with fashion, celebs, new & exciting venues or incredible events…Today’s blog serves as a reminder to me, to my readers & to everyone around us all, that we should always be kind, as we never truly know the battles people around us are fighting!

You may find this post a bit morbid or not in line with my usual happy posts, however I think this is probably more relevant than what I wore, where I went, which celeb I met etc. however keeps in line with my theme of Lifestyle & the aspiration to have a balanced life & to help those around me.

A while back I read an article in Cosmo talking about a generation of youngsters being anxious, nervous, depressed, facing pressures that’s are unimaginable, trying to fit in, trying to survive, peer pressure, bullying, societal pressure, to name but a few & this morning when I got the news of a friend having ended his life at 24 years of age it made me realize that we are all fighting battles of our own every single day & it could take a smile or an insult to push one either way…

In 2014 it was reported that SA had the 8th highest suicide rate in the world – shocking & incredibly sad that almost 8 000 people are taking their lives yearly. 2015 saw an article in the Mail & Guardian stating stress & suicides in SA are on the increase & the 8 000 number from the previous year could increase! Whilst we are living in a society where health, wellbeing & fitness is promoted daily all around us, the same promotion has also led to a pressure being created in terms of poor self esteem & bad body image, having an adverse effect on us. Many argue the positive vs negative impact platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & SnapChat have on us with some saying we have a platform to shine & to help others, whilst others throw words around such as narcissism & pressure…What are you views on this?

Watch for tell tale signs in your network & offer to listen & not judge. If you suspect depression or life threatening behavior get help by calling organizations such as Life Line or the SA Depression & Anxiety Group where trained professionals can assist. If you are being bullied or know of someone who is, talk to someone you trust – there are organisations such as Morne Marais’ FABA or the JAG Foundation who are doing remarkable work by highlighting the issue & can assist! If you yourself are feeling this way remember, you are special, you are the rainbow in someone’s cloudy day, you are loved & valued as a person & you have a great life ahead of you to LIVE!

So until next time throw kindness around like confetti … The impact it may have could literally be lifechanging…Take care of yourself & those around you!

Nadia xo xo