Promoting Safety of Teens in the Car

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Safety instructor Stephanie Tombrello discusses how to promote the safety of your teen in the car.

    Stephanie Tombrello: Hello, I am Stephanie Tombrello Executive Director of SafetyBeltSafe, USA. We have been talking about how to keep your older child safe in the car. Now I am going to talk about how to keep your teens safe in the car. When your older child becomes a teenager, there are many issues that are going to come into discussion. One of the most important is how the teen behaves in the car. This can be an area in which the teen can show parents other adults that he or she is taking on more adult responsibilities. You want to make sure that you are very consistent with your teen. No riding in the car without wearing the lap and shoulder belt properly, sit in the backseat until the teen is ready to drive. It's safer there and it's a sign that the teen understands the importance of safety in the car which should be a prerequisite for learning to drive. A startling statistic is that half of teens don't wear their belts even when they are with a parent in the car. So it's extremely important in the car that parents model the right behavior and insist that every teen be properly buckled up and remind them that they are role models for younger children. They can be a really positive force for keeping those tweens and other older children buckled up properly on every ride. That's how to promote safety with your teens in the car. Next I will be discussing some additional car safety tips.