According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seatbelts reduce serious accident-related injuries and fatalities by about half. Wearing a seatbelt is the most effective way to reduce the risk of suffering fatal injuries in a collision. Unfortunately, millions of people avoid buckling up on every trip.
The following are several common misconceptions about seatbelts:
- “If your car is equipped with airbags, what’s the point of wearing seatbelts?” Actually, airbags are designed to protect buckled occupants. When your seatbelt is unbuckled, airbags are less effective and may become harmful themselves.
- “Seatbelts can injury you in a collision.” The truth is, everything in our car can hurt you. However, your seatbelt is one of the few things that can actually save you.
- “If you are taking a short trip, you do not need to wear your seatbelt.” Did you know that most fatal car accidents occur within 25 miles from your home and at speeds of less than 40 mph? So remember, routine trips can be deceptively dangerous.
- “Seatbelts trap you in your vehicle during a crash.” This myth is typically associated with fire- and water-related collisions, which account for less than one-half of 1% of all accidents.
- “Seatbelts are uncomfortable and restrict my movement.” When adjusted properly, wearing a seatbelt should not cause any discomfort or pressure. If you want to customize your fit, you can find clips and extenders at your local car dealer or auto parts store.