Seat Belts Prevent Getting Ejected From a Vehicle in Case of an Accident
The number one thing you can do to make increase the likelihood of surviving a car crash is to wear your safety belt. In fact, wearing a seat belt reduces accident related injuries by one half. One of the biggest dangers to the lives of the passengers occurs during head on collisions when the sudden impact stops the momentum of the vehicle. However, it does not prevent anything loose in the car from being flung forward at the previous speed the car was moving at. Being buckled up prevents this from happening. It stops your forward momentum along with the car. Without a seat belt, you will be flung forward. This could mean crashing through the windshield. That impact alone could be enough to outright kill a person.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]
Air Bags Are Not Enough to Prevent Injury
Some people assume that the airbags surrounding the driver’s and front passenger’s seats are enough to prevent injury alone. This is not the case; airbags need to be used in conjunction with safety belts. Without one, you will still be flung forward. The forward momentum will cause you to impact the airbag full on without any restraint causing you to still be ejected from the vehicle. If not, the impact with the airbag at the previous speed of the car could be enough to snap your neck.
It Saves You Money
The choice to buckle up could also save you a significant amount of money. For one, you will avoid the cost of tickets. The law demands that you remain buckled up anytime your vehicle is in motion. Second, many insurance companies offer discounts if you wear your seat belt, so it could significantly lower your premiums. Third, it could certainly save you money in terms of healthcare and disability if you get into an accident without your seat belt on. Injuries incurred during a crash aren’t only physically devastating. They also ruin people’s finances due to medical bills and lost income.
It Keeps You Conscious
Even if you are not outright killed in a crash, you could be knocked unconscious if you are not kept in place by a fastened safety belt. Being knocked out could have serious consequences. For example, your car could catch fire or become submerged under water. Being conscious and aware will give you a chance to escape in time.
It Sets a Good Example for Future Drivers
Buckling up is the responsible thing to do. It sets a good example for others. If you have children in the car it sets a bad example if you have them fasten their seat belts and you do not fasten your own. They may assume that it’s okay to stop wearing one once they are old enough to drive. This is not something you want. Teens are the least likely of any age group to wear seat belts and also the most likely to be involved in accidents.
At Top Driver driving school we teach all our drivers education students the importance of wearing their safety belt. To sign your teen up for one of our drivers training courses click here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]