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What is the correct way to wear a seatbelt in the car?

The lap (lower) part of the belt should be sitting low and tight across the upper part of your hips. It should never go across the upper half of your belly. The shoulder part of the seat belt should fit snugly across your chest and shoulder, not under your arm or across your neck or face.

The correct way to wear a seatbelt in the car is across the shoulder and chest and over the hips and thighs. Surprisingly many people don’t know they can adjust their seat belt so it fits both more comfortably and properly. As people age and possibly shrink in stature, it's important to reassess placement of this important safety feature to reduce the risk of fracture in a collision.

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