Seat belts save lives. Regular seat belt use is the most effective method to prevent serious injuries and death in a crash. No trip is too short to require a seat belt. Always wear your seat belt, and require every passenger in your car to wear one. Every single trip.
Put Down Your Cell Phone
Put down your cell phone when driving. You are 23 times more likely to crash if texting while driving. In the State of Colorado, it is against the law for drivers of any age to text while driving, and for drivers under the age of 18 to use a cell phone at all. Regardless of the law, it is unsafe for anyone to drive distracted. This includes use of cell phones, eating, reading, putting on make-up, or any other forms of multitasking. You may think you are a good multi-tasker, but nothing you have to do is important enough to risk a crash. Arrive at your destination safely, and then make your phone call.
Properly restrain pets when they are riding in the car with you. You wouldn't let your child ride without a seat belt, so why would you let your pet ride without one? Pets can be distractions to the driver, increasing the risk of a crash. Loose pets also may be injured or injure someone else in the car in the event of a crash. Learn more about pet safety in vehicles .