LONDON – England – Thousands of people die each year in car accidents when not wearing a seatbelt, the leading cause of death for people under the age of 35.
Wearing a seatbelt can prevent you being thrown through the vehicle’s wind shield and making a mighty mess all over the windshield or road. If you know this and are still not wearing a seatbelt you’re a bit reckless aren’t you? Think about it, Bang, Crunch, Squash! Not too good eh. Seatbelts should be worn by all passengers, don’t for one second think you are safe at the back of the vehicle either.
The Human Collision
Imagine running as fast as you can – into a wall. It’s all physics innit, when a car stops abruptly, the passengers inside are still moving and unless they’re strapped in then they go for a long very fast ride against hard objects. It’s common sense so use a seatbelt.
A properly worn safety belt keeps that second collision – the human collision – from happening.
Wear It Right
“Properly worn” means with both straps snugly fitted to transfer the impact of the collision to the parts of your body that can take it – your hipbones and shoulder bones protecting your chest.
What’s Your Reason For Not Wearing One?
“I don’t need a belt – I’ve got air bags.” Lucky you! An air bag or two increases the effectiveness of a safety belt by 40 percent. But air bags were never meant to be used in place of safety belts, since they don’t protect against side impacts.
“It’s just a short journey to my local pub to get blootered then drive back!” Yes, but did you know that 80% of accidents occur within a short distance from your home?
“I don’t need a seatbelt because I’m invincible when on cocaine and I’m a good driver as well.” Sure you are. Will you be saying that when they’re pulling the steering wheel from your chest cavity?
“I’m like the Stig from Top Gear.” The Stig wears a seatbelt and has a roll cage and a helmet, you don’t.
“I’m like Richard Hammond.” You definitely will need a seatbelt then.