Buckling Up is the Single Most Effective Thing You Can Do to Protect Yourself in a Crash
Safety belts protect you from serious injuries and death in a crash. In 2008, seat belts saved more than 13,000 lives nationwide. If you are involved in a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle. Without safety belts, you may be thrown from your vehicle. Being completely thrown out of a vehicle is almost always deadly.
Air Bags DO NOT Replace Safety Belts
Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them. Air bags inflate with high speed and great force. If you rely solely on air bags, you could be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal air bag, which could cause injuries or even death.
How to Buckle up safely
- The shoulder belt should be placed across the middle of your chest and away from your neck.
- Adjust the lap low and tight. It should be placed across your hips, not your stomach.
- Never use your shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.
If you are in the process of buying a new car, always check to see that its seat belts are a good fit for you. Ask your dealer if seat belt adjusters or seat belt extenders are available. If needed, they can help you get the best fit. Remember, your safety belts should be snug and comfortable.
Occupant Protection is for Everyone
Everyone should buckle up the right way every trip, every time. Also when you are riding in a rear seat – even when it is not required by state law.
If you are pregnant, check out NHTSA’s “Should pregnant women wear seat belts?” brochure online to learn how important it is for you to protect yourself and your unborn child.
If you have children, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site and read 4 Steps for Kid to learn out how to secure your young passengers. Remember, that the rear seat is always the safest place for children. Never place infants in a front seat with an enabled air bag.