Seat Belts

Thanksgiving Travel Starts with Buckling Up

There’s so much to love about Thanksgiving: family and friends, turkey and touchdowns, pumpkin and pecan pies. If you’re excited for all that the holiday brings, and getting to the Thanksgiving table includes driving, make sure the ride starts with one of the keys to arriving safely: Buckling up.

The simple act of buckling your seat belt increases your chance of surviving a crash. In 2016 alone, seat belts saved 14,668 lives. But if everyone had worn seat belts on every trip that year, 2,456 more lives could have been saved. That’s why NHTSA reminds everyone across America to Buckle Up—Every Trip, Every Time.

Our roads are particularly dangerous around Thanksgiving. During the holiday weekend in 2016 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, November 28), there were 341 people killed in traffic across the country. About half of those who died weren’t wearing seat belts.

Most often, younger people and men are failing to buckle up. Among 13- to 15-year-olds killed in crashes in 2016, 62 percent weren’t wearing seat belts. Similarly, 59 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds killed in crashes were also not wearing seat belts. That same year slightly more than half of men killed in crashes were unbelted, compared with 40 percent of women.

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, talk about buckling up when you ask about who’s bringing the green bean casserole or cranberries. Whether they’re driving across the country or just down the block, reminding them to buckle up tells them what you’re most grateful for: their presence at your Thanksgiving table.

Let’s all do our part to keep America’s roads safe this Thanksgiving. Buckle Up—Every Trip, Every Time.