- Always wear a seatbelt properly.
- Drive at or below (pending road conditions) the posted speed limits.
- Avoid driving when there is low visibility.
- Put all distractions away and pay attention to the road.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or prescription drugs.
Child Safety In Cars
- Always put your child in a car seat or booster seat until they meet the proper age, height, and weight restrictions. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children remain in a Child Restraint System until they reach at least 57 inches, and are between 8 to 12 years old.
- As of January 1, 2022, Nevada law requires child motor vehicle occupants be secured in a booster seat until they reach 57” in height. Children less than 2 years of age must remain in a rear-facing child car seat. Access this infographic for additional information on these changes to Nevada law
- Make sure your car seat is facing the correct direction according to the age/size of your child.
- Children 13 and younger should sit in the backseat even if your child does not need a booster seat.
Teens & Young Drivers
- Continually remind teens to obey speed limits and the importance of undistracted driving.
- Make your teen drive without friends in the car to minimize distractions.
- Be extra aware when driving!
- Obey all laws and street signs.
- Enroll your child in a formal driver training course, or a defensive driving program such as Driver’s Edge (Offered in Nevada and free for young drivers).
- Follow your region’s driving curfews!
- Drive during daylight as much as possible
- Avoid driving in bad weather
- Choose safer routes, avoiding areas that are known to be busy, difficult, or confusing
- Try to drive during periods of low traffic
- When an ache or pain begins hindering driving ability, many older drivers are able to continue driving safely after making a few adjustments such as seat positioning, mirror positioning, temperature control, etc.
- According to the CDC, three in four adults take at least one medicine commonly linked to falls or car crashes. Make sure you know your medications and their side effects.
- The CDC provides the “MyMobility Plan” to help older drivers stay mobile and independent.