You’re a great driver, right? You feel like you’re in control and wrecks only happen with other drivers who aren’t as great behind the wheel as you are. Don’t most drivers feel this way? We are all a bit egotistical when it comes to how we drive.
So let’s say it’s true. You are always safe, obey every traffic law, are never distracted and never place yourself or others at risk. That’s great, but let’s look at some scenarios that may be out of your control.
- An animal darts in front of you and you react by swerving into another lane where you hit a car.
- You hit a pot hole caused by a recent storm and your tire blows out. You’re going the speed limit, but you lose control and run into a ditch.
- Another driver is not paying attention and misses the stop sign just as you enter the intersection.
- A vehicle swerves into your lane without using a blinker, clips your front bumper sending you into a spin.
- You’re stopped at a light and get hit from behind by another vehicle.
You can probably think of many other situations that may cause a wreck and have probably even been in some close calls. The fact is, every time you get into a vehicle, you are at risk, whether driving across a parking lot or on a long road trip. Things happen which you have no control over and your last defense is a seat belt, which is why it is so important. Here are some facts for you to know:
- Seat belts save over 13,000 live every year.
- During a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle. Being thrown out of a vehicle is almost always deadly.
- Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them. In fact, if you don’t wear your seat belt, you could be thrown into an opening airbag and be injured or even killed.
- Seat belt use continues to be lowest with 16 to 24-year-olds.
- Females buckle up more frequently than males.
- You can be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt and in some states, you can also be ticketed if your passengers are not buckled in.
- A seat belt does not protect you when it’s not worn properly.
Facts from NHTSA.
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