Car Safety Now is comprised of three evidence-based programs that allow public health professionals, educators, and public safety trainers to improve car safety among school-age children and teens. The materials are research supported to inform and motivate behavior change and are conveniently packaged in free downloadable toolkits for use in your car safety education efforts. Scroll down on the page to explore these three programs, or to take the Safety Belt Fit Test.
The Car Safety Now program was supported by a series of grants from the Virginia DMV Highway Safety Office (Principal Investigator: Kelli England, Ph.D.). The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Virginia DMV, or Virginia Highway Safety Office.
Program Contact: Kelli England, Ph.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Perform this test with the child sitting directly on the vehicle seat without the booster seat. If you answer “no” to any of these questions, your child is NOT ready to come out of the booster seat.
The Boost ‘em in the Back Seat video conveys the power of crash forces to motivate parents on booster seat use for older children. The research-supported video illustrates the danger of prematurely transitioning children to an adult seat belt before they are 4’9” tall.
Games and activities developed for young children to build knowledge about car safety, promote positive attitude for passenger safety, and encourage behaviors on car seat and belt use.
In Control promotes the norm to be in control when behind the wheel. The research-supported distracted driving program for teens includes a series of posters, social media discussion topics, contests encouraging creativity, and more.