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Get Parents on Board
If your child rides in a carpool, talk to the other drivers and make sure everyone understands the importance of booster seat use and the Safety Belt Fit Test. Agree that your child will use his or her booster seat if it's needed to obtain a proper safety belt fit, and that you'll provide the same protection to their child in your vehicle. For car-pool safety checklists and other tools to help you talk about child passenger safety with anyone who transports your child, visit USA.SafeKids.org.
Keep Kids Informed
Talk to your kids too '- you'll minimize whining and complaints if they know that booster seats are for kids too big for car seats and too small for adult safety belts. Be sure that every occupant in the vehicle is wearing the right restraint for his or her age, weight and height. Children do what you do, so buckle yourself and all children, and be sure other adult occupants are buckled too. Remember: passenger safety is a lifelong commitment kids can live with!
Lorrie Walker is a training manager and technical advisor for the Safe Kids Buckle Up campaign.