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Are you riding safe in the car?

Do you know what to do to protect yourself from undo injury in a crash? Although wearing your seatbelt is the first step, there's much more to it!  Please read on for more life saving information.

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Seatbelts:

The number one gift you can give your children is to wear your seat belt and to wear it correctly (low and tight over the hips and across the middle of your shoulder).  Seat belts prevent ejection from the vehicle. If you are ejected in a crash, you are 4 times more likely to die.  Eleven out of every 12 people who are ejected in a crash die.  Your children need you to be here for them.  If you aren't around, who will take care of them? If you are not wearing a seatbelt and are in a crash, you could be thrown into your child causing serious injury or death.

Headrests:

The headrest in your vehicle is what will help protect your head from whiplash.  To provide you with the best protection, it should be adjusted so that it is even with the top of your head.  It should not be placed lower than 2-1/2" below the top of your head.  This applies to all the passengers in your vehicle. For added safety, keep your seatback at a comfortable but upright position. If your seat is too reclined, you run the risk of submarining (sliding out the bottom of the seatbelt).

Airbags:

Airbags save lives when used in conjunction with a seatbelt. Airbags are supplemental restraints. This means that they cannot do their job if the seatbelt isn't worn. In fact, they can do more harm. An airbag opens with a force up to 200 or 300 mph.

Listed below are tips on keeping yourself safe behind an airbag:

Cell Phones:

Cell phone use while driving is a growing danger to motorists. In fact, several states have banned to use of phones while operating a motor vehicle. Morgan Lee Dot Org states that the risk of being involved in a traffic incident while operating a cell phone is the same as driving drunk. Morgan Lee also points out that cell phone users are 4 or 5 hundred times more likely to be involved in a crash.

If you need to use a cell phone while driving, it is advisable to pull over to a safe place and then make the call. If you have a passenger, let him/her make the call. If your phone rings while driving, let voice mail pick up the call. Refrain from dialing while driving. Cell phones are very useful when used correctly, but can be life threatening when used behind the wheel.

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Important: The information on this site is intended for educational purposes.  Reading and/or following the information on this site will not guarantee that you are using your child restraint properly.  Please visit a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.  In as little as 20 to 30 minutes, you will know for sure that your child is as protected as he or she can be.

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