Using a seat belt is the best defense in a vehicle crash. Since a crash can occur at any time, it is very important to buckle your seat belt regardless of the traveling distance. According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA), seat belts saved 14,955 lives involved in accidents nationwide. An additional 2,549 lives would have been saved in 2017 if everyone involved would have buckled up.
Here are the top 5 things you should know about the importance of using a seat belt:
1. Using a seat belt will keep you from being ejected from the vehicle in a crash.
2. Airbags were designed to work with your seat belt not replace it.
3. Seat belts must be used correctly to be effective. If you are unsure of proper placement, guidelines can be found online.
4. The fit of the seat belt matters. Extensions are sold if you need a roomier seat belt. If you have an older or classic car with lap belts only, check with the vehicle manufacturer about retrofitting your vehicle with a seat belt that meets today’s standards.
5. Pregnant women are advised to buckle their seat belt throughout their pregnancy.
Using your seat belt is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself in an accident. Make it a habit to buckle up every time.