There's alarming evidence about how safe children are in our cars.
A spot check by safety experts in the East Midlands found that more than a third of child seats weren't fitted properly or were incorrect.
Safety teams found the worrying evidence today while they worked on a campaign in Leicestershire to cut down on children being killed or seriously hurt. Chris Halpin reports.
Janet Dewsbury from Glenfield was given advice at the child seat safety clinic in Beaumont Leys today.
Her 1-year-old grand-daughter Eleanor was strapped in correctly, but she was given advice about safety head rests.
She says her main priority is always to keep Eleanor safe.
A series of child car seat clinics are being held across Leicestershire and Rutland this week to highlight the dangers of improperly fitted seats.
It's after previous sessions in the county found up to half of all vehicles spot checked had problems.
Today around 50 motorists were given free advice at Beaumont Leys Shopping centre, with three more events planned this week on:
- Tuesday 4th June, Asda Barkby Thorpe Lane, Thurmaston 10am-4pm
- Wednesday 5th June, Tesco, South Street Oakham, 9:30am-12:00
- Wednesday 5th June, Brooke Priory School, Oakham, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Claire Waterhouse has been holding advice sessions to motorists in Leicestershire today to help them use child car seats properly.
On a recent visit to Beaumont Leys nearly half of all drivers checked weren't correctly strapping their children in.
Claire says people shouldn't be afraid to get help.
Road safety experts say a recent spot check of child car seats in Leicestershire found problems in nearly half the vehicles they saw.
In October a check by the Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership found seats were either not fitted correctly, or the wrong seats were being used.
Today experts offered advice to motorists at the Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre.
The number of vehicles not meeting the recommended standards fell to 38%.
A campaign has been launched to stop drivers parking dangerously. Figures reveal 50 per cent of drivers in the East Midlands admit leaving their vehicles on the pavement.
This can force disabled people or parents with pushchairs to walk in the road exposing them to danger.
North West Leicestershire District Council, police and the Royal National Institute for the Blind are appealing for people to 'Think Twice' and be more considerate.
Ice is extremely hard to see and dangerous to drive in, sudden temperature drops can turn surface water into ice patches, day or night.
Snow or sleet showers also make driving conditions extremely dangerous.
Here are some tips for driving safely in these wintry conditions.
- Allow up to 10 times the usual braking distance in icy conditions
- Avoid sudden braking, acceleration or steering
- If the weather is bad or heavy snow forecast try to re-schedule your journey
- Snow dramatically reduces visibility, reduce your speed and use dipped headlights
- Traction is a major problem in snow and ice. Keep your wheels turning as slowly as possible, especially when pulling away.
- Ensure tyres are inflated correctly with a minimum of 3mm of tread
- Make sure your screenwash is topped up, using the right concentration to ensure it does not freeze
- Stay in a higher gear to have better control, move off in a higher gear rather than first if it is slippery
- On a downhill slope keep your speed low, do not let it build up
- If you get into a skid take your foot off the pedals and steer
- Only use the brakes if you cannot steer out of trouble
During freezing weather conditions boiler heating systems are at a higher risk of breaking as pipes can freeze.
When a drain pipe freezes, waste liquid can sometimes travel back up to the boiler, causing it to cut out.
Here are some tips on how to reduce the risk of damage to your heating system.
- Insulate boiler pipes with lagging, preparing them for icy weather (including the corners)- Put lagging on pipes that may be outside- Ensure your loft insulation is thick enough, it should be approximately 10 inches thick- Ensure your home is insulated
- Make sure you know where your stopcock is and ensure you can turn it on and off.- Make sure your boiler is serviced by a Gas Safe professional- If you are away from home for a few days, keep your heating on constant on a low level (around 15 degrees)
- If you are away for a longer length of time and wish to save money, shut down the system completely, turning off all the mains stopcocks, drain pipes, toilets and radiators.-If your pipes do freeze, turn the water off, drain the system and leave the taps open.
Bus company Centro say the following buses have been cancelled:
Number 22 and number 26 which go to Bloxwich.
Number 637 which goes through Palfrey on to the Pleck.
More photographs of the motorist driving a car on the M4 covered in snow, except for a gap just inches wide cleared on the windscreen, are emerging.
If it were not for these photographs undisputedly showing the car in motion many might be in disbelief.
A passenger with Paul Buckley from Staffordshire took the latest picture as he thought no one would believe him:
"I was driving on the M4, came down the slip road and thought that's a snowy car. Then I went past him and realised he couldn't see out the windows. I couldn't believe it, I was doing 70mph on the inside lane and he overtook me in the middle lane."
When Mr Buckley reached his destination he took to Twitter to share his disbelief.
A photo of the car was also taken by Stephen Sorby when he was travelling in a car with his friend just before midday yesterday between junctions 28 and 29.
He took to Twitter to vent his outrage after witnessing the snow covered car. He told ITV News Central: "We are outraged with what we saw, we couldn't believe anyone would drive like that. So careless to risk the lives of others."