Always buckle up.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that seat belts reduce the risk of being killed or seriously injured in a crash by about 50%. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 5 and 34. Crashes also cause millions of serious injuries every year. The simple act of buckling up is the best way to save lives and reduce injuries from crashes.
How to save lives:
- Use a seat belt on every trip, no matter how short.
- Encourage everyone in the car to buckle up, including those in the back seat.
- Have all children ages 12 and under sit in the back seat.
- Never seat a child in front of an air bag.
- Place children in the middle of the back seat when possible, because it is the safest spot in the vehicle.
- Make sure children are properly buckled up in a seat belt, booster seat or car seat, whichever is appropriate.
Try and make it a habit to put on your seat belt before you turn the car on. And don’t move the car until everyone is in a seat belt or safety seat.