Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Buckle Up
The simple act of buckling up is the best way to save lives and reduce injuries from crashes. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of five and 34.Child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants, and by 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years. Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%. Take a minute to make sure you and your passengers are buckled up for safety.
- Buckle your seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
- Place children in age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats. Know the guidelines for parents and caregivers.
- Make sure all passengers are buckled in before driving.
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Page last modified: July 3, 2012
Page last reviewed: July 3, 2012