The Importance of Wearing a Seat Belt

Safety devices are very important in our everyday life. Many accidents happen every single day and proper use of safety restraints have saved many lives. It is important to recognize the importance of wearing one. But also the importance of the proper use of seat belts. Choking and other injury’s occur from improper use. But also many injury’s occur from no use. The state feels safety devices are important and have enacted laws concerning this issue.

The state has adopted the motto, “Click it, or ticket”.

Whether you’re the driver, front seat passenger, or back seat passenger, you have to buckle up. It’s a state law. And not doing so could cost YOU. Want an even better reason? Your seat belt is your number one best defense in case of a crash.

If you forget to buckle up or choose not to, you’re putting yourself in harm’s way. It’s common that unbuckled passengers get thrown from their vehicle, which all too often rolls over and crushes them.

Unbelted back seat passengers can become human projectiles in a car crash. They can be tossed around inside the vehicle and even injure or kill those in the front seat.

Children younger than eight years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches.

Remember: Wearing your SEAT BELT can truly make all the difference!

Here are 5 reasons why seatbelt use can save your life:

Seatbelt use is the best defense against road hazards such as impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Even if your vehicle is caught up in a crash, wearing a seatbelt can keep passengers safe and secure within the vehicle and avoid deadly ejections.Even if your car has airbags, you still need to wear a seatbelt because airbags are meant to work with seatbelts, not replace it. In a crash, even if an air bag deploys, the force of it, along with your forward momentum could injure or kill you.Everyone should use seatbelts – from pregnant ladies to kids, everyone should be safely restrained.

Buckling up isn’t as easy as 1-2-3, there is a safe way to do it in order to maximize occupant protection. The lap and shoulder belt must be secured across the pelvis and the rib cage.You can get your seatbelt adjusted for a better and safer fit – ask your dealer about seat belt adjusters or the manufacturer for seatbelt extenders.

Bear in mind however, that these statistics may not be reflected in real life especially in more severe crashes or in instances wherein the seatbelt may have failed. Seatbelts cannot absolutely save occupants –

Correct use of seat belts and child restraints

Taking a few moments to use a seat belt correctly or fit a child restraint could help save lives and reduce injuries in the event of  a collision.

Wearing a seat belt on a minibus, bus or coach

If you are travelling in a minibus you must wear a seat belt if one is fitted (or a child restraint if available).

On a bus or coach you should always wear a seat belt if one is fitted.

Wearing a seat belt while pregnant

You must wear a seat belt if you are pregnant unless your doctor certifies that you are exempt on medical grounds. You will need to produce your certificate if the police ask you for it. Bear in mind that it is often a greater risk to travel without a seat belt than to wear it in such circumstances and wearing your seat belt safely will help protect you and your unborn child.

You’ll need to take extra care adjusting your seat belt. You’ll be safer and more comfortable if you wear the:

diagonal strap between your breasts, moving it around the side of your bumplap strap as low as possible across your hips and under your bump – if it goes over your belly button, it’s too high

If you’re driving and need to make room for your bump, don’t put your seat where you can’t reach the clutch, brake and accelerator. This could affect your reaction times when driving. If you move the seat check your mirrors are still in the right place.

It’s hard to believe now in this age of lane-departure warning systems and radar-guided automatic braking, but once upon a time, safety in cars was kind of an afterthought. Volvo built their reputation on selling safer cars, but they gave away the most important safety device ever invented: the three-point seat belt.

Bohlin was a former Saab aviation engineer who worked on ejector seats. He invented a seat belt that fit over the driver’s torso as well as his or her lap. The design was first launched in the Nordic market in 1959 on the Volvo Amazon and Volvo PV544, It made its way to the U.S. in 1963.

It was a revolutionary invention, and one that probably could have netted Volvo a fortune on patents alone.

But Volvo didn’t do that — they gave the patent away because they decided it was too important to keep to themselves. From the story:

The reason the three-point seatbelt is so widely adopted is actually because Volvo opened up the patent so that any car manufacturer could use it in their design. They decided that the invention was so significant, it had more value as a free life saving tool than something to profit from.

Volvo’s managing director Alan Dessell is quoted as saying: “The decision to release the three-point seat belt patent was visionary and in line with Volvo’s guiding principle of safety.”

Bohlin continued to work for Volvo until 1985, pushing for continued safety improvements like side impact protection and rear seat belts. He died in 2002, a few years after receiving a gold medal from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science and getting inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Volvo said more than a million people worldwide have been saved by his seatbelt design.

So if you’ve ever had your life saved by a three-point seat belt, you have Bohlin to thank for it, and maybe also Volvo for putting human lives ahead of corporate profits.


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