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How's Your Car Safety Knowledge?

Most of us think of ourselves as safe and responsible drivers. Yet automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for people ages 5 to 32 and the leading cause of injury for people of all ages. You can't be responsible for other drivers, but it is wise to brush up on your own auto safety skills. To test your knowledge, try your hand at this true/false quiz.

1. In a severe accident, you have a better chance of surviving if you are not wearing a seat belt and are thrown from the car.
2. Driving when you are sleepy can be as dangerous as driving when you are drunk.
3. If someone is following your car too closely, you should gently tap your brakes as a warning.
4. If your car has an air bag, you don't need to wear a seat belt.
5. Never buckle a child safety seat into the front seat of a car that has an air bag.
6. If an adult is not wearing a seat belt and is sitting too close to the dashboard, he or she could be in danger if the air bag inflates.
7. Seat belts and child safety seats are necessary only for long-distance driving or for traveling at fast speeds.
8. The instruction booklet for a child safety seat tells you everything you need to know about installing the seat safely in your vehicle.
9. Once a child weighs 40 pounds, he or she can ride safely in a car with a regular seat belt.
10. If your car doesn't have an air bag, your children can ride safely in the front seat.
Online Medical Reviewer: Hurd, Robert, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Taylor, Wanda, RN, PhD
Date Last Reviewed: 11/1/2017
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