Set an example: Always wear your seat belt around your friends and family (and on your own too, of course).
Speak up: Say something if you’re in a car with someone who isn’t buckling up. Practice the three Cs:
- CARE – Be clear that the other person’s safety is important to you.
- CALM – Don’t become angry or agitated. Be clear and assertive, but not aggressive.
- CONFIDENT – Speak directly with knowledge of the dangers of not properly wearing a seat belt.
Learn how to respond to common seat belt misconceptions.
Discuss with family: Talk to your family about setting rules for wearing seat belts, such as leaving the car off until everyone is completely buckled. For parents, remember that children are always watching and learning from you. Wearing your seat belt sets a good example.
Protect children: Babies and children rely on adults to make sure they ride safe in the car. Always read the manufacturer instructions for child restraints and your vehicle to ensure proper use and installation. Washington has a network of car seat technicians who can help ensure your child rides safely. Click here to find someone near you.