Wearing seat belts is a prime issue in defensive driving. The use of seat belts over the years has reduced the number of serious injuries and fatalities seen in vehicle accidents.
Here are some more reasons to wear your seat belt as part of your defensive driving program:
- Saved over 100,000 lives
- Prevent crashing into steering wheel, dash, or windshield
- Keep you inside vehicle
- Protect body organs
- Improve chance of remaining conscious
- Keep you behind the wheel if you have to swerve or brake suddenly
If you’re involved in a traffic accident because of driving hazards and bad conditions, you could suffer serious injuries or even be killed. In the past 25 to 30 years, seat belts have saved over 100,000 lives. A properly worn seat belt will prevent you from hitting the steering wheel, dash, or windshield. It will also keep you inside the vehicle, which increases your chances of survival. You’re 25 times more likely to be killed if you’re thrown from a vehicle during an accident. Seat belts are also designed to use your body’s strong bones to absorb shock, rather than damaging delicate internal organs. Wearing a seat belt will also increase your chance of remaining conscious after a crash, which will help you get out of the vehicle and you can help others. Finally, a seat belt keeps you in control of your vehicle if you are forced to swerve or brake suddenly.
Do you always buckle up when you get behind the wheel? You should. Supervisors should emphasize that those who drive on the job must wear seat belts.
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