Buckling Up – It’s Not Just for Adults


We've all seen the signs on local highways...

If you’re in California, you’ll see the ever-present “Click It or Ticket” warnings every few miles. Regardless of where you’re spending your time on the road, law enforcement and the Department of Motor Vehicles are taking the seat belt laws quite seriously. And, though there are several different perspectives regarding “personal choice or responsibility”, one thing is certain, buckling up isn’t just about adults in the front seat! Children don’t have the ability to speak up, especially when they are still in child safety seats, so as parents, we must always remember to check local safety seat laws. Additionally, understanding which seats provide the best protection for our children can be the difference between increased safety and increased risk.

Why Safety Seats Are Important

While we realize that the importance of safety seats is obvious, remember that standard seat belts are fitted and tested for adults. This means that anytime an impact occurs, a child that is only strapped in by the safety belt is at risk of being ejected from the vehicle or suffering harm from the belt itself. Research is always the key, but to better help you find the information you need, we’ve compiled a listing of some important resources:

Seat Belt Facts and Information

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/hdbk/seatbelts.htm

http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/DriverSafety/Pages/SeatBelts.aspx

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-driving-safety/safety-regulatory-devices/seatbelt.htm

http://www.jmu.edu/safetyplan/vehicle/generaldriver/safetybelt.shtml

http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/seatbelts/facts.html

Child Safety Seat Facts and Information

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS

http://www.seatcheck.org/

http://www.safercar.gov/parents/carseats.htm

Here’s some information about the law on child safety seats. While some of this may vary given your state, it’s always a good idea to follow the strictest state guidelines:

http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/childsafety_laws.html

http://autoclubsouth.aaa.com/documents/Child_Safety_Seat_Guidelines_Laws.pdf

Protecting your children is imperative, especially when we consider that traffic collisions are one of the leading causes of untimely child death. By reading up on the subject, weighing the various safety seat options, and then following through on implementing the strategies you find, you can significantly reduce the risk associated with having children in your vehicle!

Need Some Extra Inspiration?

Check out a video montage of safety belts here:

Stay safe everyone, and be sure to buckle up!


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