Safety is a big concern in my family. That’s why I make sure we never hit reverse or get out of our parking spot until everyone has clicked their seat belt buckle in place. That means 3 clicks for my little ones in the 5 point harnesses, plus I do regular checks to make sure their car seats are still securely buckled into their place with the LATCH or seat belt, as well.
Parents have THE biggest impact on their children’s safety in the car. Not only that, but it’s our job to set them up to be responsible and safe drivers themselves. It’s a non-negotiable thing in our family and no one ever questions it. In fact, we have pretty frequent discussions about how to stay safe and I always tell them that the number one thing they can do is make sure they are securely buckled in.
My kids are all in some sort of booster seat or convertible car seat. There are so many companies making longer lasting car seats with 5 point harnesses. Many are raising their rear facing height and weight limits on their newer models of carseats. Check out these tips for choosing the right car seat by the child’s age and size. Also, don’t forget that the safest place for kids under 13 is the back seat!
Seat belts significantly save lives. In 2012, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 12,174 lives of occupants 5 and older.
Make Sure Your Child is Properly Buckled Up the Whole Ride, Every Time
From 2009-2013, nearly half of tweens who died traveling in passenger vehicles were not wearing seat belts. Not only that, but every 8 minutes, one tween passenger is injured in a crash. So what’s the deal?
Once kids get a little older, it can be more difficult to keep them motivated to stay buckled up safely. Check out some motivational message for tweens to get them to make the right choice for vehicle safety.
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How do you make sure your children stay their safest in the car?