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Giving Tuesday: SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A

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We have spent a lot of time promoting carseat sales over the last shopping week, and we thank all of our readers for supporting us by using our links to Amazon and other retailers! We love giving advice and always appreciate your patronage-)

But now for Giving Tuesday, we would like to remind you of a great non-profit organization for child passenger safety. If you have charitable donations to make before the end of the year, please consider SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A in your plans.

Please also visit and Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SafetyBeltSafeUSA

You may donate via Paypal or support them through Amazon Smile. If you are a member or a child passenger safety technician, now is the time to renew for 2016!

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SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency:

SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. is the national, non-profit organization dedicated to child passenger safety. Our mission is to help reduce the number of serious and fatal traffic injuries suffered by children by promoting the correct, consistent use of safety seats and safety belts.

Founded in 1980, SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. is nationally recognized for program excellence, training, and up-to-date technical materials. We provide consultation to advocates, parents, business leaders, the media, and professionals working in the fields of health care, traffic safety, and education.

SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. invites you to subscribe to our Automatic Update Service or join our organization as an individual or group member. All subscribers receive the bi-monthly SafetyBeltSafe News. Automatic Update mailings are triggered by the announcement of a new recall and include the current recall list plus other new materials developed by SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.

What’s the Greatest Risk to Teens’ Safety?

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My teen driving - eek!If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that car crashes are the leading safety hazard for young children. But what is the greatest safety risk for teens? Drugs? Alcohol? Bullying?

Nope, it’s still cars, and most people don’t know it.

A recent survey by the National Safety Council found that 76 percent of parents weren’t aware that car crashes are the main threat to teens’ safety, and even fewer enforce habits that would help to prevent crashes. Lack of experience and poor decision-making skills lead to crashes, especially in a teen’s first year of driving.

According to the NSC, the top five risks regarding teen driving are:

  • Impaired driving. In 2011, one million teens drove after drinking.
  • Driving at night. Teens are nearly twice as likely to have a fatal crash after dark.
  • Driving with young passengers (siblings or friends). The fatal crash risk increases 44 percent when other young people are in the car.
  • A lack of practice. NHTSA recommends that parents spend at least 50 hours supervising their teens’ driving, but 44 percent don’t.
  • Distracted driving. Distracted driving, including phone use, is responsible for 58 percent of teenage crashes.

How can you make your teens safer? It’s not always easy or possible to control what a teenager does, but supervision, discussing risks, and enforcing rules can go a long way. Remember to set a good example by practicing safe driving yourself. If you need more guidance, NHTSA and SafeKids have teen driving resources.

You can also check out our recommendations for relatively inexpensive cars that would make good choices for teens. A safe car doesn’t mean you or your teen can be more lax, but it might help if they (or someone else) make a bad decision.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We are thankful for our friends, family and all of our wonderful readers who keep their kids safe in the car!  Please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving from CarseatBlog, especially if you are on the road today or tomorrow.

Drive Safely for a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Throughout the year, parents are bombarded with messages from traffic safety websites and social media about how to keep yourselves and your kids as safe as possible.  “Keep them in a harness as long as possible”, “The center seat is safest”, “Buy Brand X deluxe carseat”, just to name a few.  The advice comes with the best intentions, but ultimately much of it is just icing on the proverbial cake.  So what is the ingredient list for the actual cake?  It’s simple.

Please, when driving this holiday weekend, there are only two fundamentally critical steps to the keeping-your-family-safe-on-the-road recipe:

  1. Drive unimpaired and undistracted
  2. Make sure all passengers are properly restrained with kids 12 and under in the back seat.

Those two simple steps will reduce your risk of serious injury considerably and are by far the most important things you can do to keep your kids safe.

ThanksgivBam_72dpiRGBAccording to the NHTSA and a recent Forbes article, Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest holidays in terms of fatal crashes.  In 2012, it was the deadliest, more than Christmas or Independence Day.  The main causes?  You guessed it.  Drunk driving and failure to wear a seatbelt.

By all means, we encourage families to keep their kids rear-facing as long as possible in a deluxe carseat in the center of their minivan.  Why not take every precaution?  But just the two critical steps above will save many lives.  And remember, even if you won’t be drinking and driving, someone who is may be swerving at you.  So don’t be looking at your phone or sending a text!

With early snowstorms and cold weather in some areas already, here are a few extra tips:

Please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday from CarseatBlog!

More tips from the NHTSA – Images courtesy of NHTSA.