Reasons for Buckling Up
Friday, May 23, 2014
It is illegal to drive without a seat belt, because the serious injuries of unbuckled travellers are extremely expensive for our country's medical system to treat. You will be stopped and fined. Beyond this, there are many more important reasons to wear a seat belt.
- When a vehicle crashes into an object, the driver's body continues to move at the same speed as the vehicle was moving before the crash. It is then stopped by the dash, the steering wheel or the windshield. These hard surfaces easily break the knees, hips, ribs, breast bone, arms and skull. Seat belts are designed to stretch slightly so the body stops a bit slower, and to keep the body away from the hard surfaces at the front of the vehicle.
- When the driver's body hits the front of the vehicle and stops, organs inside the body still move at the vehicle's previous moving speed. Their movement is stopped when they crash into bones or other organs. As such, people with brain injuries are not usually injured by the outside of the head that hits the windshield, but by the brain that hits the inside of the skull. The seat belt allows the body to stop a bit slower, which protects the organs from full impact.
- For similar reasons, people are often injured seriously when their unbuckled bodies and the air bags collide. Seat belts hold people in their seats, and thereby hold them far enough from the air bags so the impact does not injured them.
- People who do not wear seat belts are flung around all the hard surfaces of a vehicle when it rolls over.
- People without seat belts can be ejected from a crashing vehicle, and three of four people thrown from vehicles during accidents are killed (Zero
- If you lose control of the vehicle while braking or swerving, a seat belt makes it more likely you will remain in your seat with your hands and feet on the controls.
- Drivers who do wear seat belts are often killed by the flying bodies of their unrestrained passengers. In fact, the chance that a driver will die increases by 200 per cent if the passengers are not buckled in.
- The seven per cent of Canadians who still do not wear seat belts account for almost 40 per cent of accident fatalities, which means that seat belts save around 1,000 Canadian lives a year.
Seat belts save lives. Do not allow one of your relatives to become one of the preventable casualties.