Teaching campers the correct way to buckle up for safety!
Proper seatbelt use is not only an important component for reducing traffic fatalities, but when positioned correctly, it can also reduce the likelihood of passenger injuries.
A properly worn seatbelt can help prevent internal injuries by spreading the force of a collision across two of the human body’s strongest areas - the pelvis and upper chest. To ensure the proper distribution of force, the lap belt should be positioned across the upper thighs and the diagonal belt should be positioned across the chest. Never allow passengers to slip shoulder restraints behind their body as the lap belt alone cannot prevent a person from being thrown forward and out of the vehicle.
Always perform seatbelt checks to make sure everyone is properly buckled in before you start your vehicle. Remind drivers and trip supervisors that preteens and teens are more likely to challenge the rules by unclipping their belts when not closely monitored. When talking to young passengers about proper seatbelt restraint use, reinforce that it is not just for their safety, it’s the law!
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.