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Holiday Road Safety

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Stay safe on the roads by taking action to protect yourself and your loved ones.

In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for people aged 1‒54, and more than 37,000 people were killed in crashes in 2016. However, many of these deaths can be prevented. Buckle up, drive sober, and stay safe on the roads this holiday season.

Here are some tips to help keep you and others safe on the road over the holidays:

  • Use a seat belt in every seat, on every trip, no matter how short.
  • Make sure children are always properly buckled in the back seat in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height, and weight.
  • Choose not to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, and help others do the same.
  • Obey speed limits.
  • Drive without distractions (such as using a cell phone or texting).
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Teenage driver adjusting rear view mirror before driving

Use a seat belt in every seat, on every trip, no matter how short.

Child Passenger Safety

Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children, but you can make a difference.

Protect yourself and your little ones during this holiday season.

  • Buckle children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts—these reduce the risk for serious and fatal injuries in a car crash by more than half.
  • Children are safest when car seats and booster seats are used correctly. Buckle children in the right way in the right seat and learn how to avoid the most common mistakes.
  • Remember that children aged 12 and under should be properly buckled in the back seat.
  • Set a good example by always wearing a seat belt yourself.

Teen Driver Safety

If you have a teenage driver in your family, take advantage of our resources that identify ways to help your teen stay safe on the road.

  • Understand the leading causes of teen crashes and injuries, from nighttime driving to not using seat belts.
  • Consider using tools like parent-teen driving agreements.
  • Know your state’s laws; all states have graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems which help ensure teens can build driving skills under lower-risk conditions.
  • Get in some supervised driving time with your teen over the holidays.

Use a seat belt in every seat, on every trip, no matter how short.

  • Page last reviewed: November 13, 2017
  • Page last updated: November 13, 2017
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