Most drivers buckle them up as a matter of habit, some drivers still resist using seat belts and risk paying an even stiffer price – the loss of their lives – or, if they survive a crash, serious damage to their spinal columns.
They Make A Difference
If you remain unconvinced that seat belts could mean the difference between life and death, or between spinal health and dysfunction, take a moment to consider the following facts.
1 People who are thrown from cars are 25 times more likely to be killed or severely injured than if they had been held se-curely in their seats.
2 In the unlikely event that your car catches fire or is submerged, seat belts can keep you from being knocked un-conscious and will greatly improve your chances of escape.
3 You don’t have to go far or fast to get killed in a car. The majority of all highway crashes occur within 25 miles of home. Eighty percent of all serious in-juries and fatalities occur in cars going 60Km per hour or less.
4 You may be a good driver, yet there are situations beyond your control, such as weather and road conditions, that can af-fect your safety. Drive defensively, but use your seat belt.
5 Newer seat belt design allows for total freedom of motion while driving. The latching device that secures the belt only goes into effect when the car jolts abruptly, as in an accident.
Safe and Secure
Seat belts can make a life and death difference if you or your loved ones are involved in an automobile accident. Always use your seat belt. The spinal column you save may be your own.