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IN Science & Technology ON 20 Dec, 2015
We all want our children to be safe. More than that, we want everyone to be away from harm. Whether they are in our homes or inside our cars, we always aim to be protective and accommodating. But what if being accommodating can mean that you might hurt your child more?
Instead of having your kids wear winter clothes during the cold season while in the car, maybe it is not such a bad idea to look for alternative heating solutions. Perhaps, using both the seat belt and the winter clothing could spell harm and at worst, death, for your kids. This is what a new technological test says about the practice.
You want your kids to be safe right? If you want them to be alright during the winter, then don't make them wear big winter clothes while in the car.
If you take the huge winter clothes off, your kid will actually be able to survive a possible car crash better.
When a child wears a big jacket or anything similar while he or she has a seat belt on, there is less space for the seat belt to do its intended function because the clothing takes too much space.
This is a car crash simulation. Ideally, the seat belt would allow the kid to move under control.
Because the dummy child was wearing big, stuffy clothes that leave a wide space between the child and the actual seat belt, the sudden force of the crash makes the clothes compress and effectively negates the function of the seat belt.
One alternative solution to keep your children warm in the car during the winter is to use the car's heater. As simple as that.