The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that parents are the number one influencer on their children and teens in terms of ensuring they are always properly buckled, and they are absolutely right. Parents have a great deal of responsibility placed on their shoulders, sometimes too much, but parents must never lose sight of the fact that they can be the determining factor in whether their child wears a seat belt or not. So, here are a few things for parents to take note of, whether you have a toddler, child, teen, or “tween” in regards to wearing a seat belt.
- Be a positive role model for your children. It all begins with you and you are the person who will influence your child in terms of wearing a seat belt. If they see mom and dad consistently wearing theirs, they will be more inclined to put theirs on as well.
- Be consistent. Although telling your child to buckle up each and every time they get inside the vehicle feels a bit mundane, the ultimate goal is to keep your child safe while encouraging them to practice safety when they are on their own. Consistency is key and if you remain consistent, so will they.
- Be sure the seat belt is properly fitted for your child. NHTSA says, “the risk of injury among child passengers is significantly higher when their seat belts are loose and/or improperly positioned.” And if wish to learn more about the proper seat belt fit for your child, click here to read the helpful information the NHTSA has to offer.
- Don’t assume your kids are buckled. Instead, check to be sure and avoid pulling off until you see that everyone in the vehicle is properly buckled.
Why do some parents forget about or forgo wearing a seat belt or having their child buckle up?
Many parents often neglect to enforce the seat belt rule for one or more of the following reasons:
- They are rushed and go through chaotic pre-travel routines.
- They are distracted.
- They need to minimize conflict or keep the peace, and if they try and make their child wear their seat belt, they know it is going to be a fight.
- They find the seat belt to be uncomfortable or perceive it as a nuisance when they are in a hurry.
- They are only traveling for a short distance and believe that because they are taking familiar roads there is a “lower risk” of an accident happening. The fact is, most accidents occur within 25 miles of
When parents encourage their children to wear a seat belt and serve as a good role model by practicing what they preach, it is likely their child will want to wear their safety belt.
your home which means seat belts need to be worn at all times [Source: Esurance].
If you can identify with any of the behavior described above which often leads to you not wearing your seat belt or requiring your children to do so, it is best that you break these habits and do whatever it takes to ensure everyone inside the vehicle, including yourself, is always properly buckled.
By wearing a seat belt, you reduce the chances of sustaining a serious injury or even being killed in the event you are ever involved in an accident. Now, if you were recently involved in an accident in PA, USAttorneys.com is here to help you locate a Pittsburgh, PA accident lawyer who can assist you with getting a claim filed and you the compensation you need and deserve.