Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Before the law required seat belts, the primary vehicle safety device was Mother’s forearm. If she had to stop quickly, her arm would shoot out at sternum level to keep us from flying into the windshield. Even though times and laws have changed, most Mom’s still instinctively throw their arm out in front of the passenger’s seat when slamming on the breaks in the car. Unfortunately, that Mom move might only serve to injure the driver’s arm or the passenger’s face. It is no replacement for using a seat belt.

The most reliable method of saving lives and preventing injuries from occurring is to wear a seat belt. However, millions of drivers and passengers choose not to wear seat belts on everyday occasions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts are estimated to have saved 374,276 lives since 1975. According to the Naval Safety Center, only 1% of passengers who were wearing a seat belt were ejected from a car during a crash.

The next time you climb inside your car and click that belt against your grownup body, thank your Mom for keeping you as safe as she could all those years ago.