The National Safety Council estimates 436 deaths and 46,600 medically consulted injuries may occur on our nation’s roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday period, which begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 and ends at 11: 59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Obviously a single death or injury on our roadways is unacceptable, and we know our youngest drivers get into more crashes than those who are older and more experienced.
The good thing? NSC also estimates 158 lives might be saved this holiday by buckling up! An additional 109 lives might be saved if everyone wore seat belts. Unfortunately, teens buckle up far less often than drivers of other age groups.
Help your teen stay safe on the roads by talking to them about wearing seat belts, which can be proven to save lives and stop injuries. And our most crash-prone drivers need all of the help they could get when it comes to reducing risk.
To set a confident example and help your teen stay safe in the roads, NSC recommends:
Wear your seat belt every trip, every time – even when traveling a short distance
Model this safe behavior, especially in front of children
Ensure everyone is safely buckled up before you drive
Place children in age-appropriate safety seats
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