This post was sponsored by The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
This topic has become a pressing subject recently in my household. By now, whenever we take a trip, everyone has learned what to bring and the kids know how to independently pack their own suitcases; they have even learned to bring their suitcases out and put them in the car themselves. They’re getting so big and I’m loving that being ready to head out the door is becoming a breeze! They are also, however, getting to the age where they think their big enough that booster seats are no longer necessary for them. Read on to see how we’re staying safe on the road by understanding Michigan booster seat safety.
We Don’t Take a Vacation from Safety
“Ugh, mom! Do I really have to use that booster seat on this trip? I want to be comfortable; we’re going to be in the car for, like, hours! I’m old enough already!”
Sound familiar? This is the line I hear time and time again when we’re packing up to hit the road for extended periods of time. For some reason, my kids think that taking a vacation away from home can also mean that our daily car safety standards are allowed to go out the window. Doing my research and learning the safety guidelines provided by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning before this discussion even gets started has allowed me to be prepared with an answer that I feel good about; getting us on the road quickly and safely to our next destination.
What to Know About Michigan Booster Seat Safety Right Now
Kids are smart. They’ll wait until everyone is ready to hit the road before they start begging for the rules to change. This why it is important to know what the safety guidelines for booster seats are right now before it becomes a discussion. I’ve found that the best way to stay up to date on Michigan booster seat safety is to follow the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning’s website, facebook, twitter, and Youtube pages. These are helpful because they often post interesting videos and information about staying safe on the road – like this:
I’m so thankful we don’t have to guess about what the best practices are to keep our kids safe when we travel. Having these easily accessible guidelines gives me one less thing I have to worry about. Who’s with me?
Please Help Me Spread the Word About Keeping Our Kids Safer on the Roads
Have you been wondering about Michigan booster seat safety and when kids are safe to transition out of them before this article? Chances are, you or someone you know isn’t sure about what the safety guidelines are. So, here are three top Michigan booster seat safety guidelines I’ve learned from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning that I’d like to share with you. Please help me spread the word and help keep our kids safer on the roads.
3 Things to Know About Michigan Booster Seat Safety:
- No matter how grown up your kid seems, if they are under 4’9″, they still need to be in a booster seat. This is because adult seatbelts are not made to protect someone shorter than this height.
- Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45 percent for children aged 4–8 years when compared with seat belt use alone. 45%!!!! For older children and adults, seat belt use reduces the risk of death and serious injury by approximately half. Those are big percentages that we shouldn’t ignore.
- Finally, research shows that many Michigan families don’t understand the risk or safety best practices for their children when it comes to booster seat safety. Surprisingly, only 49.7% of kids ages 4-7 are using booster seats regularly. That’s why we need to help spread the word to other Michigan families!
I know that things can get hectic and it can be tempting to let our kids skip the booster seat when they reach a certain age – but stay strong! By knowing the safety guidelines ahead of time, it’s easier to know your answer when the kids ask “Aren’t I old enough yet?”.
Be sure to visit the Michigan OHSP website for more information about Michigan’s Child Passenger Safety Law requirements and learn about free Safe Kids Michigan events near you.