October 28, 2021

5 reasons why you should always wear a seatbelt

This may appear like a no brainer considering that a lot people are now consistent in buckling up once they get into a vehicle.

Already, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now claims that convincing Americans on the need to always put on the seatbelt as one of the most important public safety awareness campaigns of the twentieth century.

It is important to note that only a meager 11 percent of people always put on the seatbelt in 1981 and while the figures might have climbed to over 90 percent in recent times, a significant proportion of people still fail to put on the seatbelt for one reason or the ranging from the mundane to the outrageous excuses.

The importance of wearing a seatbelt can never be overemphasized as it could be the difference between accident victims surviving or dying on any road mishap.

  1. Seatbelt is a life saver: basically, the work of the seatbelt is to restrain you from being thrown forwards against the windshield, steering wheel or dashboard in the event of an accident. Thus protecting people from possible death or grievous bodily harm.
  2. Seatbelt works in consonance with the airbags: some people actually believe that the airbag is a substitute to the seatbelt in protecting the driver and passengers during an accident, but this is not factual, rather the airbag is actually designed to work more efficiently with the seatbelt. This is because without the seatbelt on, the airbag may not expand fast enough in order to cushion the impact of a crash. Also, an unrestrained forward plunge can also lead to suffocation.
  3. To avoid trouble with law enforcement agents: in the United States, forty nine of the fifty constituent states with the exception of only New Hampshire makes it compulsory for adults to wear seatbelts. There are also similar laws in different parts of the world. So to avoid being asked to pull over by the cops or to be issued a ticket, you need to always buckle up.
  4. For protection of minors: statistics have shown that children are at most risk being flung away during accident and records also indicate that 80 out of every 100 children that die during accidents could have been saved if only they properly buckled up with a seatbelt or safety seat.
  5. Effectively protects pregnant women: wearing a seatbelt is important for everyone but very vital for pregnant women. It may cause discomfort but will protect you and your unborn child in the event of an accident. So whether in a lonely country road or busy highway, wearing a seatbelt is not an option but a necessity for everyone.
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