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Seat Belt Safety for Big Kids

This is an age when many big kids are itching to move to seat belts. Here are a few tips to make sure they’re ready and educated about the importance of buckling up on every ride.  

Be sure your kids are ready for a seat belt by giving them the following Safety Belt Fit Test:

  • Your children’s knees should bend at the edge of the seat when their backs and bottoms are against the vehicle seat back; and 
  • The vehicle lap belt should fit across the upper thighs; and
  • The shoulder belt should fit across the shoulder and chest. Children are usually between 8 and 12 years old when the seat belt fits them properly.

Once your children pass the Safety Belt Fit Test, teach them the importance of using seat belts on every ride, whether they’re with you or not. If they learn this lesson early, they’ll be more likely to buckle up when they’re older or when you’re not around. 

  • Kids are VIPs – just ask them. VIPs ride in the back seat, so keep all kids in the back seat until they are 13.
  • When adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. So be a good example and buckle up for every ride. Be sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too.
  • A lap and shoulder belt provides the best protection for your children and should be used on every ride.
  • We know kids like to slouch or lean against the windows during the drive, but it makes a difference in terms of safety. Have your children sit upright when using seat belts.