Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Buckle Up

wear a seat beltThe 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 5 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. Using seat belts reduces serious injuries and deaths in crashes by about 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.
  • Make sure children are properly buckled up in a seat belt, booster seat, or car seat, whichever is appropriate for their age, height, and weight.
  • Make sure all passengers are buckled in before driving.

Learn More

Page last reviewed: February 5, 2014