First and foremost you should wear seat belts.  This is the most important safety feature of your car. Second, you should be sure that the seat belts are properly positioned. This means that you should have your seat back adjusted so that the shoulder and lap belts fall across you in the proper place.  Often you see people driving around with the seat in a reclined position, which may result in the failure of the seatbelt in the event of a car crash.  Third you should be sure that the driver seat is the proper distance from the steering wheel.   This is because airbags are intended to protect the driver only if the driver is the correct distance from the airbag. If are too close or too far back the airbag may not protect you from injury.  Fourth, children must be in a car seat or use a booster seat. The reason for this is because car seat belts are not made for children and may cause injury if the child is not tall enough such that the seat belt fits the child properly. Fifth, secure loose objects in the trunk or securely on the car floor. Loose objects may become flying missiles in the event of a car accident and cause injury to the occupants of the car.  Sixth, don’t drink and drive, as your reaction times will be impaired and increase the likelihood that you will be injured in a car accident.  Seventh, be sure that your car is in good mechanical condition, check the tires and brakes, and property maintain your car.

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