Seatbelt Safety 

FactSeatbelt SafetyUnfortunately most people will be involved in at least one car accident or motorcycle accident in their lifetime. 

While a seatbelt belt may not prevent an accident, wearing one during a crash can significantly increase your chances of surviving.  When a vehicle is involved in a crash, passengers are still travelling at the vehicle’s original speed at the moment of impact.

When the vehicle comes to a complete stop, drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts can slam into the steering wheel, windshield, other passengers in the vehicle, or other parts of the car’s interior.

 

Seatbelt Safety Seatbelts definitely saves lives - Know The Facts

  • Drivers are less likely to use seatbelts when they have been drinking or taking drugs.
  • Seatbelts should always be worn, even when riding in vehicles equipped with airbags. Airbags are designed to work with safety belts, not alone.
  • Road Traffic Collisions are the leading cause of death for young people; the younger the driver, the more likely the crash.
  • Seatbelts DOUBLE your chances of walking away from a crash alive and without a serious injury.
  • Before you drive, wait until all your friends are buckled up.
  • Almost anywhere you drive, it is illegal not to wear your safety belt.

 

Seatbelt Safety Myths and Misconceptions About Seatbelts

I don't need a safety belt when driving at slow speeds or short trips.
All driving can be dangerous. Fatalities have been recorded as slow as 12 miles per hour on non-belted occupants. Most crashes occur at speeds less than 40 miles per hour. As for the length of your trip making a difference – 75% of road traffic collisions occur within 2.5 miles of your home.

Seatbelts are uncomfortable and too confining.
Seatbelts are designed to allow movement around the vehicle, and they provide plenty of freedom without compromising safety. They are designed to activate immediately should a car come to a sudden halt. After regular use, seatbelts are very comfortable.

If I wear a seatbelt, I might get trapped in a burning car or caught in one underwater.
Less than 1 out of 200 traffic-related incidents involve fire or water submersion. Even so, you're much more likely to be knocked out and rendered unconscious if you are not wearing a safety belt. Your chances of escape are better while wearing a seatbelt.

I might be saved if I am thrown clear of a car in a collision.
You are 25 times more likely to be killed in a crash when thrown from a vehicle. The force of an impact can throw you 150 feet – that’s 15 car lengths! Seatbelts also prevent you from smashing your head into the windscreen, which could cause serious spinal damage.

When I see a collision happening, I will brace myself.
Crashes happen in the blink of an eye. It is impossible to prepare for crashes, and the forces generated are enormous.

I don't want to offend my passengers by telling them to buckle up.
Most people willingly put on seatbelts if someone only reminds them.

 

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