Adela Úcar has had a long career as a journalist. She has, among other things, worked for Discovery Networks Asia, RTVE, ETB and directed the program ‘21 días’. She is currently a reporter for ‘Cuatro al Día’. Adela is also a mother to a five year old child and assures us that “children's road safety is paramount when you travel by car. As a mother you want your children to travel safely. Having all the necessary information on how to do this is absoutely crucial and gives you peace of mind”.
This reporter believes that the vast majority of children travel safely these days. “parents are better informed and more aware of the dangers on the roads and how important it is to take safety measures. Together we have managed to get children to travel more safely than ever”.
For this reason, she assures us that they always use a suitable restraint system for their daughter and when they change cars they always take the child seat with them on both long and short trips. “Now that our daughter is 5 years old she sometimes asks me if she has to fasten her seat belt when she knows we are going on a short journey but I explain to her that we always have to fasten our seat belts when we are in the car”, she assures us.
“When you travel with children you need to make a mental note that it might take a little bit longer and you need to take the journey calmly”
Adela concedes that the importance of traveling in a rear-facing position was not discussed as much in the past. In fact, her daughter only traveled in that position for the first few months of her life. “I was looking for rear-facing seats but 5 years ago there were not as many options as there are now and I couldn't find anything suitable. She has now got used to her seat and prefers to face forward”, she adds.
In terms of how well her daughter has accepted her child car seat, the journalist confirms that her daughter is fairly relaxed about it: “She has been fine in the car since she was a baby. I have traveled alone with her in the car since she was first born, even on long journeys, and we have never had any problems. Although I do recall a 400km drive that took me six and a half hours because I had to stop several times as my daughter kept crying. When you travel with children you need to make a mental note that it might take a little bit longer and you need to take the journey calmly. If children get worked up in the car then we adults also get stressed.”
“There are so many options on the market that it can be overwhelming, but being well informed helps you to choose what is best for your particular circumstances and your children”
She always makes sure to have the car checked over before taking a long journey and she will usually take it to the garage. She always has water with her on these journeys and stops to eat something on the way.
When it comes to choosing the best possible child restraint system, Adela Úcar confirms that she always looks for information beforehand, either on the internet or in the store where she is going to buy the seat. “There are so many options on the market that it can be overwhelming, but being well informed helps you to choose what is best for your particular circumstances and your children”, she explains. In fact, she confirms that there is plenty of information available, above all on the internet, but “finding it depends on how much effort you are willing to put in”.
Despite this, many people let their children travel by car without a child restraint system of any kind. The journalist believes that too many people still blindly trust that nothing will go wrong. “Perhaps it is sometimes just out of laziness or simply because a situation arises in which logistically speaking it is easier and simpler for the child to travel in a different car than usual and at that time there is not an approved child seat available. And the notion that ‘when we were children we never wore seat belts and nothing ever happened to us’ always comes to mind. Now we have more information”, she adds.
To finish up, she offers a recommendation: “The main change is that when you travel by car you have to adapt to the child's own pace. The journey is much more relaxed for everyone”.