The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aims to provide all necessary information to protect individuals while on the road. Although it is common knowledge (not to mention the law) that you need to wear your seat belt people still die every year because they failed to adhere to this.
When you are involved in a car accident, a seat belt can be your best protection from serious injury or death. According to the NHTSA, seat belts are responsible for saving the lives of more than 13,000 people each year. That is why they compiled a list of 5 things you should know about seat belts and how they can best protect you.
1. Best Protection
As stated earlier an estimated 13,000 lives are saved because of seat belts each year. The NHTSA reported that 75,000 people were saved from 2004 to 2008. A seat belt will keep you safely inside your car if you are involved in a crash, without a seatbelt you can be ejected from your vehicle, which is often deadly.
2. Air Bags Work With Seat Belts, Not Alone
Air bags alone will not protect you in an accident. They are designed to work in conjunction with the safety provided by wearing a seat belt. If you are not wearing a seat belt the impact of the air bag can result in serious injury.
3. How to Buckle Up
The belt should be placed across the middle of your chest, and should not be against your neck. The lap belt should be placed across your hips and below your stomach. It is not safe to place the belt under your arm or behind your back.
4. The Right Fit
When you are purchasing a vehicle you may not be thinking that the fit of the seat belt is an important thing to focus on but it is. Try on the seat belt and ask your car dealer about how that specific belt can be adjusted. You can contact the vehicle manufacturer about obtaining a seat belt extender if needed. Also, if you own a classic or older vehicle with lap belts only you can also contact the manufacturer about replacing it with a modern, safer belt.
5. Protecting Occupants
It is not only yourself you need to be concerned with when operating a vehicle. Any and all passengers in your car should also be using their seat belt correctly. This includes knowing what the proper procedures are with regards to safe guarding your children or any child passenger.
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