Basic Car Safety Tips…


Car Seats

Always use a car safety seat. Start with your baby's first ride home from the hospital.

Remember that each car safety seat is different. Read and keep the instructions that came with your seat handy, and always follow them.


Seat Belts

Be a good role model—always wear your seat belt. This will help your child form a lifelong habit of buckling up.

Wear your seatbelt every time. No matter how short the trip is — even if it's only around the corner — you still need to buckle up.

When you get into a car, always buckle up right away.

If you're wearing a seatbelt correctly:

The lap (lower) part of the belt should be sitting low and tight across the upper part of your hips. It should never go across the upper half of your belly.

The shoulder part of the seatbelt should fit snugly across your chest and shoulder, not under your arm or across your neck or face.


Booster Seats

Depending on your child’s height, he/she might need a booster seat. Booster seats help your child sit up high enough so the shoulder part of seatbelt fits properly across his/her chest.

Kids should use a booster seat until they are about 1.4 meters or until they reach the weight and height harness strap limits of their car seat. At that height, the seatbelt should fit just right without the booster seat.



Getting in the Back

 Kids 12 years old and younger need to be sitting in the back. It's simply the safest place to be. Your child also won't be injured when the airbag inflates rapidly during a crash.



Air Bags

 Even though the bags have saved many adults' lives, kids 12 years and under should never sit in the front seat of a car that has air bags. That's because air bags are made to protect a bigger person's body, and when they open they can hurt kids.

If you have no choice but to have your child sit in the front, follow safety rule #1: Wear seatbelt!

Air bags do not — and should not — take the place of seatbelts.




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