Seat belts are the single most effective and easiest way to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths. According to the National Highway and Safety Administration fastening your seatbelt can reduce your chances of injury by approximately 50 percent.
Everyone should take the life-saving measure and buckle their seatbelt. Period. And in case you’re traveling with little ones, here are a few tips to pack before take to the streets:
- CDC recommends that children ages 12 and under should be seated in the back seat.
- NEVER seat a child in front of an airbag because they are more likely to suffer more possibly fatal injuries with an airbag.
- The safest spot to seat a child in the backseat is in the middle of the row.
- Rear-facing car seats are ideal for infants till age 1 and front-facing car seats are ideal for children up till age 4.
- Booster seats can be used till age 12, but remember to check weight and height requirements!
Driving can be fun when going on a road trip or a relaxing cruise downtown-but it can also be dangerous. Take these safety tips into consideration next time you get into a seat. Together, we can learn to live injury-free because, remember, safety is NO accident. To learn more about road safety visit our website at www.nphw.org also check out these great online resources.