Correctly installed and properly used child safety seats (car seats) and booster seats — or seatbelts, depending on a child's age — are the first line of defense in protecting kids on the road. Couple that with defensive driving habits and you're helping to ensure that your kids travel safely.
But kids also have some responsibilities when it comes to staying safe in a car or on a school bus. Most are in these vehicles every day and so should be taught simple rules for traveling to help keep them safe. Be sure to explain to your kids that these rules must be followed every time, no matter who is driving or how short the ride may be.
Reviewed by: Kurt E. Gray, MS
Date reviewed: July 2014
|National SAFE KIDS Campaign The National SAFE KIDS Campaign offers information about car seats, crib safety, fact sheets, and links to other health- and safety-oriented sites.|
|National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) NHTSA is the government agency responsible for ensuring and improving automobile and traffic safety.|
|Click It or Ticket Click It or Ticket (CIOT) is the most successful seat belt enforcement campaign ever, helping create the highest national seat belt usage rate of 82 percent.|
|Babysitting: Driving Kids Driving with young kids in the car can be different from the driving you're used to. If you're a teen babysitter with a driver's license, you'll want to read our tips on taking kids along for the ride.|
|When Can a Child Switch to a Regular Seatbelt? Find out what the experts have to say.|
|Rules of the Road for Teen Drivers When teens get their driver's license, parents should consider creating their own rules of the road beyond the relevant driving laws.|
|Auto Safety More kids are injured in auto collisions than in any other type of accident, but you can protect them by learning the proper use of car seats and booster seats.|
|Booster Seat Safety Your tot's not a baby anymore! It's time for a big-kid booster seat. But how can you ensure that your child is still safe and secure in the car? Find out here.|
|Car Seat Safety What's the right way to install an infant safety seat? Is your toddler ready for a convertible seat? Get the car seat know-how you need here.|
|Staying Safe in the Car and on the Bus You probably spend part of every day in a car or on the bus. Find out how to be a safe traveler in this article for kids.|
|Road Tripping Whether you're driving your friends to the beach for the day or going on vacation with your family, read these tips for surviving road trips.|
|The Keys to Defensive Driving These defensive driving skills can help you avoid the dangers caused by other people's bad driving.|
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