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Buckle Up Your Kids for Safety – It’s the Law
Driving laws vary from state to state and if you’re planning a car trip that has you driving in a state other than your own, be sure to check the laws regarding children and the use of car seats.
Here in Washington State the law requires that children ride in a child restraint – a car seat or a booster seat) until they are at least 8 years of age or 4 foot 9 inches tall. Children under the age of 13 are required to ride in the back seat of the vehicle wherever. That means that if the car has a back seat, that’s where the kids should be. And, obviously, children should be properly situated in the seat and the seat belt buckled up.
Most rental car companies can provide a car seat or booster seat, so be sure to ask when you make your reservation. During busy family travel times the seats can be scooped up fast.
Don’t be caught unaware of the law. Perhaps more importantly, don’t jeopardize the safety of your kids or any of the occupants of your car.
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