Once your child passes the Safety Belt Fit Test, require him or her to use seat belts in a back seat on every ride, whether or not you are there. A lap AND shoulder belt provide the best protection to your child and must be used on every ride.
Move children from booster seats to seat belts in a back seat only after the child passes the Safety Belt Fit Test in every vehicle.
- Return your child to a booster seat if the safety belt does not fit perfectly.
- Use the Safety Belt Fit Test on any child you transport in your car.
Teach your child to use a seat belt properly in a back seat in every vehicle he or she uses.
- Make sure that everyone sits upright when using seat belts. Never let children lean against windows or car doors or lie down. Never put the shoulder belt under the arm or behind the back.
- Tell every driver who transports your child that seat belt use is a must when your child is in their vehicle. This is an important habit to establish when the child rides in vehicles unsupervised by you.
- All children under age 13 should ride properly restrained in the back seat.
- Wear your seat belt correctly every time you are in a car. Children learn from adult role models.
- When carpooling, make sure you have enough seating positions and booster seats for every child in your car and that kids enter and exit curbside.