Buckling up on every ride is one of the most important things you can do for family safety and in the car, the most important thing you can do.
Also as important as buckling up is making sure everyone in the car is buckled up properly.
- Babies, Infants and toddlers should stay in rear facing and forward facing car seat until they have reached the maximum height and weight limits. For rear facing this is normally under 2 years of age. Forward facing car seats are generally for children age 2-4, but this all depends on recommended height and weight. Check into this, do not simply move your child to a booster because the child turned 4. Sometimes they can still be too small. Also check directions on each car seat for proper installation into the vehicle.
- When transitioning from the booster to the seat belt, make sure to complete the SAFETY BELT FIT TEST. Be sure your child is ready by using this test. Your child’s kneews should bend at the edge of the seat with backs and bottoms against the vehicle seat back. The vehicle strap should fit across upper thighs and the shoulder belt should fit across the shoulder and chest.
- Kids using seatbelts begins normally between 8-12. Again this depends on height and weight.
- Kids are considered VIP-so kids should keep the back seat until they are 13.
- When adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. So set am example to buckle up on every ride.
- Make sure everyone is buckled up and the kids have on bother the shoulder and lap belts.
- Make sure children are sitting upright as is makes a huge difference for safety.
- Seat belts can the difference between life and death for everyone in the car, so buckle up!