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Seatbelt Basics For Kids

No matter how short the trip is – still it’s important to wear the seat belt’s every time. As soon as you get into a car, buckle-up right away.

“Older cars might have two separate belts or no shoulder belt, but just a lap belt. Whichever kind of seatbelt you come across, the directions are the same: Buckle every belt.

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

Sometimes seatbelts need to be adjusted to fit a kid correctly, so ask an adult to make sure your seatbelt fits right.

Booster Seats

Depending on your height, you might also need a booster seat. Booster seats help you sit up high enough so the shoulder part of seatbelt fits properly across your chest.

Kids should use a booster seat until they are about 4 feet, 9 inches tall (1.4 meters) or until they reach the weight and height harness strap limits of their car seat, which is usually between the ages of 8 and 12. At that height, the seatbelt should fit just right without the booster seat. So check with your parent to make sure you're big enough to ride safely without a booster!

Get in the Back

Here's another important safety rule: Sit in the back seat. Kids, 12 years old and younger need to be sitting in the back. It's simply the safest place to be. If the car you're riding in gets into an accident, you have much less chance of hitting something hard like the windshield if you're in the back. You also won't be injured when the airbag inflates rapidly during a crash.”

Following these simple rules means you'll be more protected during a car or bus trip — and have more fun! So pack your bag, buckle up, and get on the road!

Read more of this article on: http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/car_safety.html#