Drivers warned of £500 fines if they hit the road without kid wearing seat belt

The school holidays are in full swing with many families choosing a UK summer road trip instead of a getaway abroad.

Now Car Lease Special Offers are warning drivers to understand the rules of the road before taking off.

That's because driving without a seat belt on, and specifically your children, could get you into trouble.

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According to the Highway Code, seat belt offences can lead up to a £500 fine for those not wearing one.

Those over the age of 14 are responsible for making sure they are wearing their own seat belt for any car journey.

Only one person is allowed in each seat fitted with a seat belt.

The offences also extend to children with seat belt laws requiring them to be in the correct seat for their weight and height.

Drivers can be fined up to £500 if a child under the age of 14 isn't wearing a seat belt or is not in the appropriate car seat.

Now here are six tips for drivers surrounding car seats and seat belts.

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Check the law regarding car seats

Certain car seats and booster seats must be worn for children of a certain age or height.

A car seat should usually be used until a child is 12 years old, or 135cm tall.

If you're under 12 or 13 but over 135cm you must be wearing a seat belt.

Know which seats are suitable for babies

Certain rules must be followed for how a baby is positioned in a car and the car seat type depending on age and height.

Seats known as i-Size must be rear facing until the child is 15 months, afterwards a child can use a forward-facing seat.

You must only use EU approved height/weight car seats in the UK.

Sizes and positions a child must be facing for weight-based seats, are on the GOV.UK website.

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Make sure your car seat is fitted correctly

There are a number of car seats available to purchase, all with different instructions on how to fit them correctly.

Make sure you follow these instructions carefully, follow manufacturer advice and seek help online if you're struggling.

Some retailers may be able to help fit your car seat for you if you purchase them from their store.

Do pre-driver checks

Add into the routine checking all children's belts over the age of 14 are fastened correctly before setting off to avoid the £500 fine.

Add clips to make belts more child-friendly if needed

It's good to talk to your children from a young age about the importance of belts and why we wear them.

But adding fun clips and belt straps that are allowed and safe to use can encourage them from a young age.

Of course still do the necessary checks to make sure they are secure before driving off but talking around the topic may help.

Make sure you know if you/your child is medically exempt

There are certain medical exceptions and certain situations where a seat belt doesn't need to be worn.

Make sure you know what these are before travelling, check with your doctor to receive the correct certificate of exemption.

Will Bullen, of Car Lease Special Offers, said: "It's paramount that the safety of anyone in your vehicle is top priority for any driver.

"Making sure that it is safe to use is one thing, but it's important that steps like checking everyone is wearing a seat belt.

"This will avoid drivers paying up to a £500 fine, but also ensures the safety of their passengers if an accident should occur."

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