We all see the Click it or Ticket signs posted along the roads and are well aware of the hefty fees that come with breaking the law, but it never hurts to keep important safety topics at the forefront of our conversations. This month we’re talking about seatbelts — how to wear them and their proven effectiveness.
PROOF IS IN THE NUMBERS
The statistics speak for themselves when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of seatbelts. About 50% of vehicle fatalities include unrestrained passengers. It doesn’t matter the length to your destination, statistics show the smallest trips tend to have the most damaging consequences. No matter the circumstance, it is always a good idea to buckle up.
THE RIGHT WAY TO BUCKLE UP
As simple as buckling up may seem, there are plenty of ways to side step the rules (i.e. tucking the shoulder strap behind you). Studies show that the improper use of safety belts almost always does more harm than good. The next time you are in your car, before even starting the ignition, check to see that your shoulder belt is flat across your chest and shoulder. Next, take away any slack, your lab belt should be sitting snug across your hips.
The basic design of seatbelts have not been changed since its mid 50’s invention — that tells us it doesn’t need much fixing and proves effective. Safe driving includes proper seatbelt use, and should be practiced all year long. We do understand, however, that sometimes even the safest drivers come across the worst of luck. When those bad days come along, we’ll be here to help you get back on the road safely and quickly.