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Although most Americans (about 88.5%) wear seat belts, there still are many who don't, despite seat belts being widely proven to save lives (almost 14,000 in 2015). Plus, we all know we need to click it to avoid that ticket.
Teens are the population group least likely to wear their seat belts. It should come as no surprise to learn that most of the teens killed in car crashes were not wearing seat belts.
This is where you behavior – your role modeling – can have a direct impact.
As parents, we need to lead by example and make sure we wear our seat belts each time we drive. We need to impress upon our teens that each and every time they get behind the wheel, they need to buckle up. Putting on a seat belt should be second-nature for everyone.
DriveitHOME™ is an initiative of the National Safety Council, designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. DriveitHOME™ offers free resources parents can use to help their teen build experience to become safer drivers.