Seat Belt Use
Teens buckle up the least of any age group, and the consequences are deadly. According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), in 2013 only 55 percent of high school students reported always wearing a seat belt when riding with someone else. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012 58 percent of young adults (ages 13-20) that died in crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
Increasing seat belt use is a key way to prevent your teen from dying in a crash. Learn ways to reinforce safe driving and buckling up with your teen at Buckle Up America.
Our research has shown that teens who view their parents as involved (set rules and monitor) are twice as likely to wear a seat belt as a driver or passenger as teens who say their parents are uninvolved. These teens also are nearly twice as likely to believe that buckling up affects safety. You can make a difference by always wearing a seat belt and insisting that everyone else does too. Teens decide what’s “normal” or “expected” by observing the behaviors around them. They’ll be more likely to buckle up if you have established it as routine.
Other ways to promote seat belt safety:
One of the first lessons for teen drivers, before they even start the car, is how to correctly wear their seat belts. Watch this short video with your teen on how to properly adjust the seat belts:
This video, plus the other 52 videos available, are part of the TeenDrivingPlan Parent Guide which is a downloadable tool to help parents make the most out of their practice drive time. Click here to download the guide. Click here to view the entire YouTube Channel.