Seat Belt Safety: 5-Way Protection
• Keeps the occupants of the vehicle inside. It’s clearly a myth that people are better off being thrown clear from the crash, People thrown from a vehicle are four times more likely to be killed than those who remain inside.
• Restrains the strongest parts of the body. Restraints are designed to contact your body at its strongest parts. For an older child and adult, these parts are the hips and shoulders, which is where the seat belt should be strapped.
• Spreads out any force from the collision. Lap-and-shoulder belts spread the force of the crash over a wide area of the body. By putting less stress on any one area, they can help you avoid serious injury. A shoulder strap also helps keep your head and upper body away from the dashboard, steering wheel, and other hard interior parts of the automobile should you stop suddenly or be hit by another vehicle.
• Helps the body to slow down. What is it that causes injury? A quick change in speed. Seat belts help extend the time it takes for you to slow down in a crash.
• Protects your brain and spinal cord. A seat belt is designed to protect these two critical areas. Head injuries may be hard to see immediately, but they can be deadly. Likewise, spinal cord injuries can have serious consequences.
Seat Belt Safety: A Clear Message
It takes only a few seconds to buckle up once you get in the car. Why wouldn’t you?