Your preteens are getting closer to the driving on their own. This is a great time to have your preteens learn how to protect themselves in vehicles before they get behind the wheel. The best place to start is by making sure they understand why it’s so important to buckle up on every ride. Here are a few tips that will make sure they’re doing it right.
- Your children’s knees should bend at the edge of the seat when their backs and bottoms are against the vehicle seat back; and The vehicle lap belt should fit across the upper thighs; and
- The shoulder belt should fit across the shoulder and chest. Children are usually between 8 and 12 years old when the seat belt fits them properly.
Once your children pass the Safety Belt Fit Test, teach them the importance of using seat belts on every ride, whether they’re with you or not. If they learn this lesson early, they’ll be more likely to buckle up when they’re older or when you’re not around.
- Kids are VIPs – just ask them. VIPs ride in the back seat, so keep all kids in the back seat until they are 13.
- When adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. So be a good example and buckle up for every ride. Be sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too.
- A lap and shoulder belt provides the best protection for your preteens and should be used on every ride.
- We know kids like to slouch or lean against the windows during the drive, but it makes a difference in terms of safety. Have your children sit upright when using seat belts.