(HealthDay News) -- Motor vehicle crashes are deadly and all-too-common, but making sure passengers -- notably children -- are properly buckled up can help save lives.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests these tips:

  • Make sure you know how and when to use car seats and/or seat belts for children.
  • Always use seat belts, even when traveling very short distances.
  • Set a good example for your child by always wearing your seat belt.