Many people might not realize that a simple seat-belt can save your life, whether you’re driving or sitting in the backseat. Remember that wearing your seat-belt is the law, and you will get a ticket regardless if you’re driving the car or not.
How to wear a seat-belt correctly:
When you wear a seat-belt, you must always have the shoulder belt over your shoulder and across your chest. The lap belt should be worn directly over your hips, not over your stomach. If your seat-belt is worn incorrectly and you’re in an accident, your seat-belt can crush your ribs and can even cause damage to your internal organs.
Wearing a seat-belt is the law in every state except New Hampshire. This law is divided into two categories: primary and secondary.
Primary seat-belt laws allow any law enforcement officer to pull you over without any traffic violation to give you or any of your passengers a ticket for not wearing a seat-belt.
Secondary seat-belt laws allow law enforcement officers to pull you over for a traffic violation and issue you a ticket for not wearing a seat-belt. So either way, you’re going to get a ticket for not wearing one.
When you wear your seat-belt, your face is less likely to hit the windshield when you’re in a wreck because your seat-belt stops you. Let’s say that you’re driving at 60 mph, and you get in a wreck. If you’re not wearing your seat-belt, your head can hit the windshield going 60 mph, and at that speed, you can even go through it.
A seat-belt will prevent you from hitting things around you such as your door, steering wheel and even the seat in front of you.
Seat-belts prevent you and your passengers from hitting each other when you get in a wreck.
When you’re not wearing your seat-belt, the airbags in your vehicle are less effective and may even be useless.
Airbags are designed to cushion the impact against the parts of the car, and when you’re not wearing your seat-belt, your body may end up in a position that doesn’t benefit from the protection of the airbags.
Sometimes when there are wrecks, someone dies because they were not wearing their seat-belt. Death can occur when your body hits passengers, parts of the car, or goes through the windshield of the car.
Wearing a seat-belt increases your chances of being unhurt and remaining aware if you are in an accident resulting in a fire or being submerged under water. This means that your chances of getting out also increase. In fact, less that 1/2 of 1% of injury-causing crashes result in a fire or submersion.
Seat-belts help keep pregnant women alive. The best thing that a woman can do to keep her unborn child alive while in a car is to wear her seat-belt. If you are pregnant, wear the lap belt low so that it pulls on your pelvic bones and keeps you in your seat.
Putting your seat-belt on should be the first thing that you do when you get into any car no matter where you are. If you know someone who doesn’t wear their seat-belt, give them a few of these reasons why they should wear seat belts. Make them think twice to save their life.