Northern News : February 2nd 2011
15 NORTHERN NEWS, FEBRUARY 2, 2011 NEWS 3204814AN WESOFTEWK WHEELS OF THE WEEK A/HRS: RICHARD ELEY (09) 407 7615 STUART ATKINSON 0274 948 880 RENTON MOTORS (1976) LTD LMVD NEW PREMISES: 3 Clifford Street, Kaikohe PHONE 09 401 0313 FAX 401 0315 Sales and Service at 1998 MITSUBISHI CHALLENGER GDI Auto, 3.4ltr, petrol, CD player $9,995 Very tidy at ONLY ® SUPPORTIN G ASTHMA CARE SENSITIVE CHOICE 3 BEDROOMS FROM $192,200 179 m2 2 1 3 2 Featured Plan: Livingstone 1011069 Nor thla ndMotoringAdvertising feature Stop and check: Kids can pop up behind you out of nowhere. Tips to ensure your child survive trauma' season Summer is an exciting time for Kiwi families. With the days longer and sunnier, it offers an excellent time for trips to the beach, bush, and a variety of outdoor activi- ties. Summer however is also called the trauma'' season among medical professionals due to the dramatic increase in pre- ventable deaths and serious injuries to chil- dren. Unfortunately sum- mer injuries aren't lim- ited to skinned knees and scraped elbows. New Zealand has some of the highest rates of prevent- able child injuries within the OECD, which rises sharply during the sum- mer months,'' Ann Weaver, director of Safe- kids New Zealand, says. Along with high temperatures and sun- shine, this holiday period brought with it many incidents of the following injuries: Burns. Kids seriously burned after causing fire after playing with lighters and matches, falling into hot pools, and by spilt hot drinks and kettles. Drowning. Drowning and near drowning at beaches, rivers and pools, and kids getting into serious trouble while playing in vessels on open water. Cycling. Kids falling, crashing, loosing control at speed downhill, and children struck by vehicles while cycling. Child passenger injuries. Children injured and killed in car crashes, some unre- strained. Children left in cars or left to play around cars unsupervised. As parents and caregivers, we all have to do better at taking res- ponsibility and control of protecting our children, ensuring they are adequately supervised and safe at all times,'' Ann says. Safekids' Top 5 tips this season: Keep lighters and matches out of reach and out of sight, and beware of children when holding a hot cup of tea, coffee or kettle. When in unfamiliar surroundings, always stay within sight and reach of young ones (ages 1-5). Actively supervise older kids (ages 6-14) when they are in, on and around water. Encourage kids to learn bike skills and safety, and insist that they wear a helmet. Check for children before driving off, and teach kids not to play in driveways and car parks. Kids should use a child restraint or booster seat until they are 148cm tall. Visit www.safekids.org. nz for more information in keeping kids safe at home, at play and on the road. Kiwi drivers love their SUVs Despite the rising cost of fuel, New Zealanders seem more committed to the idea of an SUV as their personal choice for transport than ever before, says the Motor Trade Association. Analysis of the new car market over the last five years shows owners have taken to SUVs in steadily increasing num- bers, to the point where they now sit just behind small cars as the largest segment in the market. Sales in 2010 alone totalled almost 11,500 units, with Toyota's RAV4 and Highlander models battling out for the top spots with models like Mitsubishi's Outlander range. This growth from 20 percent to 26 percent of overall new car sales is not really surprising, Ian Stronach of the associ- ation says. The trend towards SUVs is well established in overseas markets and has been for some time. We've just followed that growth in popularity. As more models become available, it may well become the most popular class of vehicle on the market.'' Some of this growth appears to have come at the expense of smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles. Last year the small car segment (under 1.5 litres) dropped from 29 percent to 27 percent of the new car market, with the light segment (1.6 to 2.0 litres) suffering an even larger reduction, falling from 20 percent to 17 percent. Fuel prices have tra- ditionally been a key fac- tor in vehicle choice, with a swing to smaller cars as prices increase. But despite petrol increasing in price by around 20 percent dur- ing 2010, buyers have opted for SUVs at an ever greater rate, a vehicle type not gener- ally associated with high levels of fuel efficiency. With vehicle weights starting from 1500kg, a high seating position that affords good vis- ibility and with an air of ruggedness surrounding them, SUVs are often regarded by buyers as a safer alternative to tra- ditional cars. This has been one of the factors that have seen SUVs increasingly favoured by drivers who need larger carrying capacity for luggage or passengers.
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