Wearing your seatbelt is one of the most effective things you can do to protect yourself while traveling in motor vehicles. Believing the myths about seatbelts, however, commonly misguide people into not buckling up. And this unnecessarily increases the risk of injury or death if or when a crash happens.
To make sure you are not misled about the importance of wearing seatbelts, below we have debunked some of the more common myths about seatbelt use.
- I don’t need to wear a seatbelt if my vehicle has airbags – False! Airbags can protect you when you are hit from the front or rear, but they won’t offer much protection in rollovers, side-impact crashes or other types of collisions. Additionally, if you don’t wear a seatbelt and an airbag deploys after a collision, there’s a chance you could slide beneath the airbag, increasing your risk of injuries.
- I don’t need to wear a seatbelt if I’m just driving a few blocks/miles – Wrong! Crashes can happen anywhere and at any time. In fact, statistics indicate that a substantial number of serious traffic accidents take place within 25 miles of people’s homes (and at speeds of no more than 35 to 40 mph). This means that, even if you are driving down the street or just around your neighborhood, a crash can still happen.
- Wearing a seatbelt will trap me in a vehicle if a crash occurs – This is not necessarily true, as the chances of a seatbelt preventing you from getting out of a vehicle after a collision are really low. In fact, when serious collisions occur, it’s far more likely that a seatbelt will protect people (rather than trap or harm them), as seatbelts can prevent people being thrown from vehicles.
- Wearing a seatbelt will injure me in a crash – This is also not necessarily true. Although wearing a seatbelt may result in minor bruising or lacerations in a collision, these injuries are far less serious than the injuries that would typically be sustained had a seatbelt not been worn. In fact, federal regulators have discovered that buckling up can reduce the risk of serious or potentially fatal injuries (when crashes occur) by as much as 45 to 50 percent.
The Bottom Line about Buckling Up
Because you never know when a traffic collision will occur, the bottom line is that it’s critical that you always buckle up every time you get in a vehicle to travel, regardless of whether you are the driver or a passenger.
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