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Wearing seat belts has become second nature for many, thanks in part to stricter seat belt laws and safety features in newer automobiles that sound until the driver and passenger seat belts are buckled. 

Seat belts help reduce deaths and serious injuries on the road.  As the driver, you can play an important role in the safety of your passengers by reminding them to always buckle their seat belts, no matter where they sit in the vehicle. 

Seat Belts Important in Other Vehicles, Too

You may always make it a habit to buckle your seat belt in your own car, but what about when you are traveling in another vehicle, such as a taxi, limousine, bus or large passenger van?  Passengers might think it is unnecessary to buckle up when going for a short ride on a city street, but an unbelted person can be seriously injured or killed if the vehicle is involved in an accident.  

Passenger Safety for Children

If you travel with small children, know the latest guidelines for riding in car seats and booster seats.  The National Highway Transportation and Safety Board website posts guidelines for infant seats, convertible seats and booster seats, including a guide to car seat types by the child’s age.

It is also a good idea to remind caregivers and other relatives of the latest safety recommendations. It is very important to plan ahead when considering whichcar seat each child will need.

If you need help installing your car seat, or you want to ensure it is installed properly, many local police and fire departments hold regular car seat inspection days.  You may also want to register your car seat with the manufacturer and check for any product recalls to help ensure that your passengers are protected.

Wearing seat belts may be the norm for many, but there is a lot more to seat belt safety than just buckling up.  Knowing the facts and making sure all your passengers wear their seat belts can keep everyone safe, and perhaps save lives.