The seat belt is one of the most effective traffic devices that can prevent death and injury in an accident. It has been proven that wearing seat belts reduces the amount of getting injured by 50%.
The increased rate of those properly wearing seat belts has been largely initiated by the “Click it or Ticket” campaign.
This campaign has greatly aided in reducing the number of injuries and deaths in road accident since being put into place.
Ways in which seat belts save lives
- Keeps the occupant inside the vehicle. In the case of an accident, a person who is well fasten with a seat belt is unlikely to be thrown outside the vehicle. Research has shown that people thrown outside are four times likely to be killed as compared to those who remain fastened inside a vehicle during an accident.
- Restrains the bodies strongest parts. The seat beat aids in restraining the strongest parts of the body that are more prone to injury including the hips and shoulders.
- Seat belts aid in brain and spinal cord protection. A seat belt is mainly designed to give maximum protection of those areas. A person wearing their seat belt has higher chance of escaping an injury to the brain and spine.
Seat Belt safety: Buckle up correctly
You should always adjust your seat belt correctly to get the right fit. This is important because if the belt is improperly fitted it can cause serious injury in the event of an automobile crush.
The shoulder belt should rest securely across your chest and shoulders between your breasts. You should never let the strap fall across your neck or face and it should not be placed under the arms or behind your back as any of those places is prone to cause severe injury or death.
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