Motor vehicles are equipped with a wide range of new, cutting-edge safety
features, but despite the great strides that have been made in technology,
no other safety feature matches the benefits a seat belt can provide.
It estimated that seat belts save as many as 13,000 lives every year.
Unfortunately, many continue to neglect using this simple, life-saving
feature in their vehicles, whether as passengers or drivers.
Below are some common myths that often play a part in why so many individuals
choose not to buckle up:
Seat belts are not comfortable: Seat belts should not cause discomfort when adjusted properly. If you
truly need to customize the fit of your seat belt to feel comfortable,
you can find clips and extenders at a local dealer or an auto parts store.
For children, you should make sure that the shoulder belt fits across
the shoulder and chest, and the lap belt should fit across the child’s
upper thighs. Only a belt that is not properly adjusted will seem uncomfortable
or restrictive, so make sure you take a moment to adjust yours if you
are experiencing discomfort.
A seat belt will trap you in your vehicle during a collision: Despite the fact that accidents involving fire or water only account for
less than half a percent of all crashes, this is a big myth that many
people believe in. People often worry that they will unable to escape
their vehicle if it is on fire or is somehow submerged in water, but the
truth is that a seat belt will help prevent you from being knocked unconscious.
This means that you will have a far better chance of escaping your vehicle
during an accident.
If your destination is nearby, you have no need for a seat belt: Routine trips are actually some of the most dangerous and, according to
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most traffic-related
deaths tend to happen within 25 miles of one’s home at speeds less
than 40 mph. When you are around familiar surroundings, engaging in routine
tasks, you are more likely to let your guard, which is when mistakes are
most likely to happen.
I do not have the time to buckle my seat belt: It takes no more than three seconds to put on your seat belt, which is
less time than you will spend lacing up your shoes. You could theoretically
buckle up 20 times a day and still only end up spending a single minute.
My car has air bags, so I do not need to wear a seat belt: Air bags are wonderful safety features, but they are designed to protect
buckled passengers. A seat belt secures you in a position that allows
you to benefit from a deploying air bag and, if you are not wearing your
seat belt, you risk sliding underneath it, colliding with the dashboard
or windshield, or even from being ejected from the front seat. Remember,
air bags provide supplemental protection. Your primary source of protection
will come from your seat belt.
It is better to be ejected away from the wreckage of an accident: While it might seem like a great idea to be flung clear of the wreckage,
the reality is that you are four times more likely to be fatally injured
if this were to happen to you.
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