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Do you worry about your safety in cars?

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Kids give their views on road safety

A big survey on road safety has found loads of you get scared in cars and think the roads where you live are dangerous.

So do you feel safe when you're in a car? What are your biggest road safety worries?

Do you worry that whoever's driving is going too fast? Have you ever felt squished in the back of a car with too many of your mates?

Maybe you forget to wear your seat belt or do your parents always make sure you're strapped in safely?

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Your comments

"I worry more about being outside on the road than being in a vehicle."

Rory, 11, Cardiff, Wales

"I never go anywhere in a car if I can walk. Even if I know I'm going to be late, I'd still walk. A lot of my heroes died or were injured in car crashes and I'd rather not risk it."

Nell, 14, London, England

"I always worry about dad driving too fast!"

Amy, 11, Derbyshire, England

"I hate going in cars for 1. I get REALLY car sick and 2. I sometimes get scared on motorways, where you can go much, much faster."

Megan, 9, Dundee, Scotland

"I don't worry that much about safety in cars, but if I do it tends to be because the other person in the other car is being careless. People just don't care."

Aidan, 13, Cambridgeshire, England

"I don't worry because at my school there are JRSOs (Junior Road Safety Officers), I'm one too. I just try not to worry too much, and just remember not to be a back seat driver!!!"

Emma, 12, Highland, Scotland

"Safety is important because if you crash you could damage yourself and it would hurt."

Catherine & Oliver, 9, Leeds, England

"I am sooooo scared in cars; I go to my dad's at the weekend and I beg him to walk home but he says no we take the car, plus he is so lazy."

Bob, 12, UK

"I am thinking about why the cars go up to 140 mph, when the actual limit is 70 mph. Talk about a stupid design!"

Oceania, 11, Warrington, England

"I do feel safe in cars when going fast, but it is dangerous. I'm mostly scared of going fast on the motorway when it is raining."

Ethan, 9, Hartlepool, England

"My friend was killed when she was hit by a bus last month. It has made me really aware of how dangerous roads are and how fragile life is. I used to think speed limits were a bit pedantic, but now I realise how important they are, and that they can save lives. RIP Sarah."

Emily, 15, Oxford, England

"Yes, I do worry because on the school bus the driver drives too fast - once we even crashed."

Amy, 13, Leeds, England

"I think there should be seat belts on buses as I never feel safe and always nearly fall off the chair."

Soph, 12, Surrey, England

"Definitely. It is legally your responsibility to wear your seat belt when you are 14. My friend died because she wasn't wearing a seat belt."

Amy, 15, Lincoln, England

"I am not normally because I do a lot of karting."

Ben, 11, England

"My parents sometimes drive a bit fast, but I think I will be safe as I have my seat belt on."

Alex, 11, Essex, England

"When my mum and dad were little, seat belts were not compulsory. My mum used to go on holiday in an old van with my nan sitting in an armchair in the back while she was doing her knitting."

Alastair, 12, Wales

"I'm not so much scared for my safety, but I hate having the windows open on the motorway. I also don't really like the speed limit because it takes ages to get somewhere. Create teleportation, please? Scientists?"

Conor, 13, Wiltshire, England

"I usually feel safe as long as I am wearing a seat belt. You might not think it but coming home in the middle seat of a car with a broken seat belt is very scary! I heard a very sad story today about a boy who was killed in a car accident on Christmas Day; he would have been saved if only he had been wearing his seat belt."

Ellie, 15, Leeds, England

"I think that it is really important to wear your seat belt AND not to disturb the driver, especially when you are on a bus or a coach!"

Joseph, 11, Northampton, England

"My parents are great drivers so I don't worry."

Bridget, 11, Stafford, England

"Well, I am because anything can happen. Once my dad was driving along, keeping the speed limit and someone bumped the back of the car. And we were in America and it was a hire car!"

Emily, 11, Bristol, England

"I always get worried when I am with my Nan in her car because she goes fast and I tell her to slow down but she says she isn't going fast then she stops suddenly and keeps on stuttering, which frightens me."

Paris, 10, Kent, England

"My brother died last year in May and he died in a car crash. I was on holiday at the time and I get scared every time I go in the car, especially when my other brother drives me places."

Charlotte, 12, Worcestershire, England

"Well, I don't really mind but my mummy does worry a lot and she nags about me not having a seat belt on."

Mehammer, 10

"When a child is in a car there should be lower speed limits."

Mert, 12, London, England

"Last year my friend and I got a lift from her dad and he went extremely fast for a country lane!! So we told him to slow down but he said we weren't going fast but we both disagreed because 90 mph isn't slow! Anyway, a car came the other way and he couldn't stop so we span out of control but luckily no one was hurt! My friend and I started crying :("

Charlie, 13, Peterborough, England

"Well, I think that seat belts are very, very uncomfortable. I hate wearing a seat belt but they don't save your lives because someone I know died when they were in a car crash and they were wearing a seat belt. But I always wear a seat belt because if you don't wear it you break the law."

Rebecca, 10, Manchester, England

"I find it quite worrying that children die because selfish adults drive too fast. My mum and dad drive really safely. I think that the footballer should have a bigger punishment that he probably would have got if he wasn't so famous."

Ellen, 12, Gloucester, England

"I think that young drivers are the most dangerous drivers because they show off so they really ignore the speed limit."

Lois, 12, Wales

"I have once seen a car crash. It involved a motor bike and two other cars. The man on the bike hit the car and his bike skidded onto the floor at top speed; it missed me and my friend my a few feet. It was scary as the bike could have hit me. I always see it in slow motion in my head. This makes me think about cars every time I get inside one."

Drews, 12, Hampshire, England

"I was in a traffic jam and we were going so slowly that the person who hit is was only going five mph but because he wasn't watching the road he hit us. So it's not just obeying the speed limit; you should watch the road, too."

Emily-Rose, 11, Surrey, England

"My friend's dad once took me for a ride in their new car and he was going really quickly and didn't look or stop at the junction and my heart was pounding."

James, 11, Worcestershire, England

"Well, speed does not worry me as long as it is safe. The fastest speed I have been with my dad is 120 mph."

Callum, 12, Scotland

"I wear my seat belt all the time in the car, and I feel worried when I see younger kids not wearing them."

Nathan, 13, Wirral, England

"When I go out with my friends, I get worried about all of us sharing seats with no seat belts. It sounds like I'm acting like a baby to my friends if I say that it's safer to have a different seat belt to them."

Edie, 13, Hampshire, England

"Cars are NOT safe, even if you DO wear a seatbelt!"

Sophie, 15, Scotland

"I think that as long as I have my belt on I will be all right, but especially on the motorway I feel a bit sick."

Ali, 11, London, England

"I feel very safe when I am in a car as both my parents are fantastic drivers! It really annoys me when stupid people go over the limit. For instance, the speed limit where I live is 30 mph and it is there for a reason! So everybody should stick to it!"

Ella, 12, England

"I sometimes worry on icy/wet roads or in the dark. I don't like it when my parents drive too fast. A family I know lost both their parents and their little sister in a crash. Our car is big enough for my family and two more friends, so I'm not squashed. My parents are very strict on seatbelts."

Emily, 11

"Yes! My dad always drives too fast!"

Bethan, 14, Gloucester, England

"I think people who need to answer their phone during driving should put it on loudspeaker in a holder so then their driving is safer."

Abi, 10, Leeds, England

"No, I don't think cars are safe at all... My best friend was in a car crash after she had a baby and she died and the little boy she had was left with no mummy... The car crashed due to a fault in the engine! No cars are completely safe at all."

Jayde, 15, England

"Sometimes when I'm in the car with my dad he goes too fast and I sometimes get scared. I feel safe with my mum and my dad but with my mate's mum or dad, I don't know - sometimes I get a bit worried."

Alisha, 10, Northampton, England

"I think you should stop lorries trying to over take each other up a hill."

Alex, 10, Leeds, England

"My dad and I don't like people who talk on the phone while driving."

Rebecca, 10, Leeds, England

"I think we should stop fast cars because I nearly got hit by a speeding car!"

Lewis, 10, Leeds, England

"I feel safe in my own car with my mum or dad driving. But some times when I'm in a mate's car I get a bit worried."

Alisha and Rosie, 11, Northampton, England

"When my dad goes a bit fast on the motorway I get a bit scared, especially when I am in the front of the car. But as long as you wear seatbelts you will be OK."

Sophie, 11, Manchester, England

"My worries are when a big lorry's next to you. I just feel like it's going to swerve and bang the car off the road. I also feel worried about lorries when they overtake but are just about to hit you (well, that's what it feels like). I think seatbelts are not an issue or being squished anymore."

Zahra, 12, Peterborough, England

"I am not worried about my safety in the car because my dad is a driving instructor and he is really good at driving and my mum is a great driver, too."

Adam, 12, Solihull, England

"Cars are safe if you wear a seatbelt."

Iwan, 11, Tameside, England

"I was in a car and I saw a man talking on the phone whilst he was swerving around on the road."

Dean, 11, Gillingham, England

"No, I don't feel safe, but I feel safer in my own car because if I'm in someone else's car I don't know if we're going to crash."

Jessica, 13, Havant, England

"I do feel safe but sometimes I get worried when we go a bit too fast."

Bethany, 13, Scotland