- Buckling Up Is The Single Most Effective Thing You Can Do to Protect Yourself in a Crash
Air Bags Are Designed to Work With Seat Belts, Not Replace Them
- In 2012, seat belts saved more than 12,000 lives nationwide. From 2008 to 2012, seat belts saved more than 62,000 lives—enough people to fill a large sports arena. During a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas being completely thrown out of a vehicle is almost always deadly. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.
- In fact, if you don’t wear your seat belt, you could be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal air bag; a movement of such force could injure or even kill you. Learn about air bag safety and advanced frontal air bags.
- How to Buckle Up Safely
- Follow the tips shown in the photo to the right. The lap belt and shoulder belt are secured across the pelvis and rib cage, which are better able to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body.
- Fit Matters
- Before you buy a new car, check to see that its seat belts are a good fit for you.
- Ask your dealer about seat belt adjusters, which can help you get the best fit.
- If you need a roomier belt, contact your vehicle manufacturer to obtain seat belt extenders.
- If you drive an older or classic car with lap belts only, check with your vehicle manufacturer about how to retrofit your car with today’s safer lap/shoulder belts.
- Seat Belt Safety for Children and Pregnant Women
Seat belts save more than 12,000 lives every year.