As children grow older, they are less likely to want to buckle up. Over the past five years, 1,552 kids between the ages of 8 and 14 died in car, SUV and van crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Almost half of those who died were unbelted.

Parents need regular and salient reminders to consistently ensure seat belt compliance for themselves and their tween children. The Tween Seat Belt Safety campaign aims to improve the consistent and proper use of seat belts and reaffirms that “life as a parent is full of compromises, but seat belt safety for my child is not up for negotiation.”

Parents will be motivated to make sure their children are consistently and properly wearing their seat belts at all times. Get motivational messages: Getting Your Tween to Buckle Up.

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Buckle Up for Life

Seat belts save more than 13,000 lives every year. Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. During a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle. Seat belts are also the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving. However, to be effective, you need to know how to use them correctly.

NHTSA Seat Belt Top 5 Flyer

  1. Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
  2. Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them.
  3. Guidelines to buckle up safely
  4. Fit matters
  5. Seat belt safety for children and pregnant women

Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at to find out when your child is ready for an adult seat belt.

Learn how important it is for you and everyone in your vehicle to buckle up the right way, every trip, every time!