One of the most discussed subjects about safe driving. Some are claiming that it isn’t necessary to wear a seat belt because you might even get more seriously injuries. Others are claiming that by wearing a seat belt, you might save your own and other people’s lives. However, what is the truth and how are you going to know what is really the right thing to do? These are all the myths and facts about wearing them and seat belt injuries. It will assist you to decide if wearing one is essential or not. In most states it’s the law.
Myth 1: seat belts are uncomfortable and restrict your movement
People are claiming that they don’t wear their seat belts, especially when they are driving because it is uncomfortable and restricting their movements. And, they are claiming that they will be able to handle the car better when they aren’t restricted.
You might not believe this, but this is the excuse of many people that are driving without buckling up. Or, that is a passenger that doesn’t wear one. This is a myth and really not the truth. This is just an excuse for not wearing one.
Fact 1: This isn’t the case if you are adjusting your seat belt correctly
Most vehicles have seat belts that can be adjusted. Meaning that you can adjust it in a way that is going to be the most comfortable to you. Making the excuse that you are feeling uncomfortable really not the truth.
You should adjust it according to you. So that you can feel comfortable and in such a way that you don’t feel restricted. If your vehicle doesn’t have this option to adjust, then you can go to a mechanic and install this feature. This would be for an older car that has lap belts, or none at all. The fact is that if you are adjusting your seat belt correctly, you will not feel uncomfortable and restricted. It just might save your life.
Myth 2: The seat belt can cut your head off during an accident
Many people don’t wear a seat belt because of they believe that it can cut your head off during a car accident. That, they are going to be much safer without one than with.
Yes, there might be cases where this can happen, but this is mostly children that are sitting in the front of the car, where they don’t belong. Children are safer in the back seat a rather in the front seat. It is the law to put children of a certain age in the backseat, unless its a truck. This is actually a myth that isn’t interpreted correctly.
Fact 2: Again, not going to happen if you are adjusting your seat belt
It will only cut off your head in a serious car accident and if it isn’t adjusted to fit you comfortably and correctly. So, again this isn’t going to happen if you are adjusting it correctly.
The facts are that there are only a few people that were decapitated during an accident, because of their seatbelts. And, then there was a good reason for it. It wasn’t adjusted correctly, or a young child was sitting in the front seat.
Myth 3: You are a good driver you dont need to wear a seat belt
This is a favorite excuse that is being used. You are good driver and don’t need to wear a seat belt. They are only for people that aren’t good drivers or that are still new to driving.
They think that they won’t make a mistake because they have never been in a car accident before. But, this is also the problem. They think that because they weren’t in an accident before, they don’t need a seat belt at all. This is a myth and this can be a decision that might mean a serious injury or even death.
Fact 3: Everyone can be in an accident. It might not be your fault
This is a law for everyone to wear a seat belt. And, that even those that are the best drivers can be in an accident. It might not be your fault, but the injuries for not wearing one will be your fault.
If you are really as a good driver as what you claim, then you will know the importance of wearing one. Those that don’t wear a safety belt are not responsible drivers .
Myth 4: My car has airbags. I don’t need my seat belt
If your car has airbags, why should you then use your safety restraint? The airbags will prevent you from going through the windshield. This is something that many people are claiming. And, there is only some truth in it.
Yes, the airbags might assist you to not go through the windscreen, but this doesn’t mean that you will not be thrown through the side window or back window. So, to say that you don’t need to wear one because your vehicle has airbags is a myth.
Fact 4: Having airbags doesn’t mean that your life is going to be saved
Can you really say that an airbag will save your life when you don’t wear your seat belt? Maybe in a light car accident. But, what will happen when you are in a collision where your vehicle is rolling. Then, you will be thrown out of the car and you might even land underneath the vehicle, and sustain serious injury. This is a fact that your airbags won’t save your life when you don’t use your seat belt. It might prevent more serious injury, but it also depends on the type of car accident you are in. Something that you can’t predict beforehand.
Seat belts in vehicles are there for a reason. To wear it and to make sure that you are not injured as much during a car crash. However, because of these myths that people believe, they don’t wear their’s and are sustaining some serious injuries that are going to take a longer time to heal. It is better to make sure you know the facts around seat belts. Know the statistics about people getting saved by a seat belts than a seatbelt that caused an injury. Then, you will see that wearing a seat belt is important, especially if you don’t want to be injured.