Seat Belt Safety Information From Diary of a Wimpy Kid

I have an important message today about seat belt safety information from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. As much as I love having fun with the kids, there are some serious things that need to be addressed as well. As parents, our children’s safety, whether it’s with their toys and games or something more serious, is our primary concern. I’m sharing this information with you because I feel it’s important. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Seat Belt Safety Information From Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Seat Belt Safety Information

Did you know that from 2011 to 2015, an estimated 343,000 children age 8-14 were injured while traveling in passenger vehicles, and an additional 1,692 children died? A full 50% of those who died were unrestrained at the time of the crash. Those are sobering statistics, and as a parent, I can only imagine asking the question, “What if they had been buckled up?”

This spring, the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are unveiling new PSAs featuring characters from Fox’s upcoming summer road trip adventure Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. The PSAs remind parents and caregivers that even if kids argue and plead, parents should stand firm and always insist that their children buckle up and sit in the back seat (the safest place for kids under the age of 13).

When my kids were younger, they were huge fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, so I was thrilled to see the NHTSA partnering with them on this topic.

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I’ve been training my kids since they were young about the importance of seat belt and travel safety, so luckily I don’t have to work very hard to convince them to be safe. It’s just expected. That expectation doesn’t mean I assume my kids are buckled up, I always check in the mirror and listen for the familiar click. I’m not afraid to require everyone in my car to buckle up and find that most kids are willing to do it when asked.

I’ve seen way too many children be allowed to ride or drive in cars without their seatbelts. There have also been some horrible fatalities that happened as a result. My kids have both known children that have been seriously injured because they didn’t have their seatbelts on. They never get in the car without them on now. This is important seat belt safety information we need to share with others.

The facts

Per data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 69,000 tweens are injured every year in car crashes, and 61% of 14-year-old children killed in 2015 car crashes were unrestrained at the time of the crash. Even though life as a parent is full of compromises, seat belt safety should never be up for negotiation. That’s why the new PSAs encourage us to: “Never give up until they buckle up!”

For more information or if you need more tips to convince your tween to buckle up, visit SaferCar.gov/KidsBuckleUp. If you have a great tip, join the conversion on social media using: #KidsBuckleUp.


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