Myths & Facts About Seat Belts
Seat belts are the most effective safety feature on vehicles; however, nearly one in five Americans fail to buckle up.
I don’t need to wear a seatbelt when driving at slow speeds or on short trips.
Most crash deaths occur within 25 miles of home and at speeds of less than 40 mph.
If I wear a seat belt, I might get trapped in my car if it catches on fire or becomes submerged under water.
Crashes involving fire or water occur in less than 0.5% of all crashes. The greatest danger to occupants is from the impact of the crash itself.
If I don’t wear a seat belt I’m not affecting anyone but myself.
Deaths and injuries that result from non-use of seat belts cost everyone in the form of higher insurance premiums, increased medical costs, property damage, and loss of productivity.
I don’t need to wear a seat belt because my vehicle has air bags.
Air bags are designed to work in combination with seat belts. Wearing a seat belt helps properly position you and other vehicle occupants to maximize the benefits of the air bags.
I might be saved if I’m thrown from a crash.
Being thrown to safety in a crash is virtually impossible. Your best chance for survival is to be securely held in place by the seat belt.
Seat belts can reduce your risk of injury or death by up to 65%
Fatal injuries to unrestrained motorists have occurred when traveling as slow as 12 MPH
of motor vehicle deaths were unrestrained last year in Kentucky