The importance of seat belts can never be over emphasized. Personally, I've been in the car many times and asked someone to buckle up, and they always go, "it's not comfortable" or "is it not for drivers ?" or one complaint or the other. Please people, this particular one is near and dear to my heart, as I was involved in a very serious vehicle accident about a year ago, and the seatbelt saved my life, it was very obvious. I mean, I know God was working, but then, He prolly worked through those damn seat belts. When I opened my eyes, the first scratch I noticed on my body was an injury somewhere across my neck to my chest..just a straight line cut. Apparently, the seatbelt injured me in the process of holding me back...now, imagine how much force would be involved for a seat belt to scar someone. Then, you can now think of where I'd have been without the belt.
That's just me and my personal experience but then, issue of seat belts isn't really new to anyone, this is just to create some form of awareness, or to serve as a reminder, whatever it is, it's for your own good. It's been proven so many times that seat belts could save lives, especially on highways.
Seat belts provide safety in a number of ways, some of which include:
- Obviously, It’s false to think that people are better off being thrown clear from the crash. People thrown from a vehicle are almost four times more likely to be killed than those who remain inside. The seat belts keep occupants of the vehicle inside.
- Restraints are designed to contact your body at its strongest parts. For an older child and adult, these parts are the hips and shoulders, which is where the seat belt should be strapped.
- Lap-and-shoulder belts spread the force of the crash over a wide area of the body. By putting less stress on any one area, they can help you avoid serious injury. A shoulder strap also helps keep your head and upper body away from the dashboard, steering wheel, and other hard interior parts of the automobile should you stop suddenly or be hit by another vehicle.
- An abrupt change in speed coupled with the power of resistance by one's body to remain in its state, in the case of an accident, that state would be that of the motion of the vehicle involved (the inertia principle for you physicists) is really what leads to the injuries in most vehicle accidents, directly or indirectly. Seat belts help extend the time it takes for you to slow down in a crash.
- A seat belt is designed to protect these two critical areas; Head & Spine. Head injuries may be hard to see immediately, but they can be deadly, just like spinal cord injuries can have serious consequences as well.
Doing it Right..
It's easy to assume that we all know how to use seat belts, after all, is it not to just drag from one side and buckle on the other ? Well, basically yeah, but, there's some things we should know about strapping them belts. Adjusting your seat belt properly is a must. Getting the right fit is as important as wearing it. The strap that goes across your lap should fit comfortably over your hips and upper thigh area. If the belt rides up on the stomach, it could cause serious injuries in a crash.
Shoulder belts should rest securely across your chest and shoulders between your breasts. Don’t ever let the strap fall across your neck or face and never place the strap under your arms or behind your back. Any one of these positions can cause serious injury.
I mean, it takes only a few seconds to buckle up once you get in the car. Why wouldn’t you ? The repercussions should you have needed it and weren't strapped would be way less 'comfortable'. A word they say...