From 1975 to 2012, the lives of 10,174 children were saved because of the use of seatbelts. Teaching good seatbelt habits starts at an early age. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, only 54% of high schoolers reported wearing seatbelts when they were a passenger in a car. To keep our kids safe whether they are in the car with a parent or a friend, we need to teach kids early about seatbelt safety.
That starts with practicing safe belt usage. Most children will need a booster seat until they are 8-12 years old. When an adult seatbelt fits them properly remember these tips to keep them strapped in:
- Treat your child like a VIP. Keep all children in the backseat until they are 13. They can feel like they are being chauffeured, and you will know they are being kept safe.
- Always be a good example. If you wear your seatbelt all the time, your kids will mimic the habit.
- Discourage leaning against windows or slouching. Your child should sit upright for best seatbelt protection.
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