Seat Belts: One Click from Home

By Woody Hill, Vice President of Safety Services

By Woody Hill, Vice President of Safety Services

You know that familiar clicking sound you hear when you fasten your seat belt? It could mean the difference between arriving at your destination safely and losing your life in a motor vehicle accident.

Research consistently proves that simply buckling up is the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Still, nearly half of Texans killed in motor vehicle accidents during 2013 were not wearing seat belts. Why?

Some probably thought it was safer to be thrown from the vehicle than trapped inside. Others may have assumed that because they were driving a pickup, they were safer than everyone else. Still others likely reasoned they weren’t going far, so they didn’t need a seat belt.

Those are just some of the myths surrounding seat belts. Now, let’s look at the facts:

  •  In a crash, everything in your car can harm you. Loose items, as well as unbelted passengers, become flying objects. Your seat belt is one of the few things that can save you.
  •  For SUV, pickup and van occupants, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to the driver and front seat passenger by 60 percent.
  •  Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home and at speeds of less than 40 mph.

In this installment of our driver safety series, we will look at a simple, yet effective strategy for protecting yourself during traffic accidents: wearing your seat belt:

  1. First, buckle up every time, and make sure your passengers do the same. Remember that the law requires drivers and passengers, including backseat passengers, to wear a seat belt.
  2. Second, learn how to wear your seat belt:
    a. Your shoulder belt should be across chest, away from your neck.
    b. Never wear the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm.
    c. Your lap belt should be across your hips and below your stomach.
  3. Lastly, get a good fit. If your seat belt is uncomfortable, ask a dealer about seat belt adjusters, which can help tailor your seat belt to your needs.

Previous installments in this series
Stay tuned to our blog for more installments in our safe-driving series. And if you missed previous installments, take a few minutes to catch up. We think you’ll find it was time well-spent:

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