Car Safety at Qout Market

Living in Kuwait comes with many challenges, one of which is the traffic / driving.  Road rules are certainly not for everyone here, and it’s not at all unusual to have someone just a couple of feet off of your bumper flashing their {obnoxiously bright} high beams at you as you cruise down the highway at 130 kilometres an hour.  Add into that the fact that many people are texting, taking selfies, and watching YouTube videos {not joking – seen it many times} while driving, and the roads are an interesting place.  To say the least.  That being said, driving in Kuwait is much more sane now than when we first arrived in 2007 {congestion = slower moving traffic}, and for that I’m thankful.  

What hasn’t changed, however, is the fact that the majority of people seem to have no regard for child car safety.  It kills me.  Kids teetering out of sunroofs while parents race through crowded roundabouts, children piled on top of one another in SUV hatchbacks, babies in the arms of nannies as cars weave their way in and out of traffic along the highways – it’s all a daily sight.  Very, very rarely do you see non-Western expat kids in carseats.  So, when I learned that December was ‘Kid Car Safety’ month at AUK and that students are working to educate people in Kuwait about car safety for kids, I was thoroughly impressed.  We stopped by their booth at the Qout Market today and the girls running it were really lovely.  They had a colouring station for kids, a pledge wall for those willing to commit to buckling up their kids, and a foam cut-out car for photo ops.  They’ve also been spreading the word via the aukause instagram page and the hashtag #BeKauseImLoved, so hopefully word will spread.  If you checkout the hashtag, you’ll see that there’s still lots of educating to be done {especially when it comes to the fact that carseat straps need to be done up / pulled tightly, newborns need to be rear-facing, and booster seats are truly only safe for children of a certain size}, but it’s a start and a definite step in the right direction.  I’ll take it.

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One thought on “Car Safety at Qout Market

  1. Wow! I never knew that. Strange that they’re so strict in so many other ways. It’s so eye opening to hear stories of others travels in other places. I hope it happens quickly for the benefits of the children! I’m also wow over the fact that “Miss G” looks like she’s had a huge growth spurt (as my 3 year old has lately AND she has the most beautiful hair colour!!! Such a gorgeous girl!!!

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