Safety Belt Facts
Most everyone will be in at least one car crash in their lifetime. While a safety 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 traveling at the vehicle’s original speed at the moment of impact. When the vehicle comes to a complete stop, drivers and passengers not wearing safety belts can slam into the steering wheel, windshield, other passengers in the vehicle, or other parts of the car’s interior. Safety belts definitely save lives –approximately 15,000 each year.
What is the correct way to wear a safety belt?
The lap portion of the lap/shoulder belt should lay low and snug across the person’s pelvis/lap – it should never lie across the stomach. The shoulder belt should cross the chest and should never be placed behind the person’s back.
Know the Facts
Drivers are less likely to use safety belts when they have been drinking.
Safety belts should always be worn, even when riding in vehicles equipped with airbags. Airbags are designed to work with safety belts, not alone.
Crashes are the leading cause of death for young people; the younger the driver, the more likely the crash.
Safety belts 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.