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Like you, most adults want the people they care about to always wear a seat belt.1

As their mom, coworker, husband, daughter, brother, or friend, you play an important role keeping them safe.

Often, the key is figuring out what to say.

Tips

  • Keep it light. When people feel threatened, they may lose sight of the fact that you want people you care about to always wear a seat belt.
  • Some people have inaccurate beliefs about seat belts. Avoid arguing.
  • You may need to ask someone to wear their seat belt more than once. Keep asking until they always wear a seat belt.

Connect. Ask. Reconnect.

To begin, Connect. You could say...

  • "I appreciate you giving me a ride today.”
  • “I really enjoy the time we spend driving to/from ______.”
  • “Thanks for (going with/inviting) me to _______ today.”
  • Or even, “Gosh, you smell good!”
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Next, ASK them to wear a seat belt for you. You could say…

  • “Would you wear your seat belt today for me?”
  • “As a favor to me, would you put your seat belt on?”
  • “Even though asking is hard for me, would you wear your seat belt for me?”
  • “I feel anxious asking, but would you wear your seat belt for me?”
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Finally, RECONNECT. If they choose to wear a seat belt, you could say…

  • “I appreciate you buckling up.”
  • “Thanks for wearing your seat belt.”
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If they choose not to wear a seat belt, you could say…

  • “Because I care about you, I’m going to ask each time we are in a vehicle together.”

Connect. Ask. Reconnect.

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[1] Center for Health and Safety Culture. (2019, 2020). Utah community survey of adults on seat belt use. Montana State University. (N=3114, N=673)

"Ask Them to Wear a Seat Belt" Rack Card

Print-ready card that can be used to ask others to wear a seat belt.

File for use when printing with a professional printer.

Guidance for Promoting the “Ask Them to Wear a Seat Belt” Tool  

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Community Building 60-Second Video 1 

A 60-second inspirational video highlighting most adults agree they want people they care about to always wear a seat belt.

“Wear it for me” Cards

Print-ready business card to promote that most adults in our county have a family rule about always wearing a seat belt.