Dangers of not wearing seat belt 0

Wearing your seat belt is the single most effective life saver whilst in a car it can be argued. Many motorists and passengers don’t wear them as they assume that they won’t be involved in an accident over a short journey. Not wearing your seatbelt can be potentially life threatening. It’s vital all motorists and passengers fasten their seatbelts immediately when entering their vehicle, adopting this habit as if it was second nature.

Despite the potential serious dangers, research states that 24% of people don’t wear their seat belt when they are at the back of the vehicle. It is also suggested that 10% of drivers or front passengers don’t wear their seat belts either. There is still a major chance of permanent injuries at low speeds or short journeys.

There are other implications of not wearing your seatbelt. You could end up having to pay a fine, this is typically £60 but it could be a maximum of £500. If a child under 14 is not wearing a seatbelt, the driver is responsible for ensuring that they are. The driver could be potentially prosecuted over such an event.

It’s not just enough for you to wear one, you have to check to see whether it is functioning correctly. Malfunctions of your seat belt can be the difference from having minor injuries compared to being killed. An example of a typical seat belt malfunctions is that of the retractor failing. The purpose of a retractor is to lock during a crash, so the person is kept as still to their seat as much as possible. If the retractor is not working properly, your chances of safety are dramatically reduced. Seatbelts that are designed with buckles can be unlatched during a crash. This is sometimes known as “internal unlatching”. Again this could easily prove fatal.

It’s important to encourage fellow motorists to belt up. Research shows that if someone in the car puts on their seatbelt, others will too. The government has tried to encourage passengers to belt up by using shock-value advertising campaigns. Most importantly it’s essential that drivers adopt safe driving habits which prevent the seatbelts from ever being tested. This refers to such things like sticking to the speed limit, anticipation of other drivers around you, not putting yourself in unnecessary situations where harsh braking has to be used and checking your brakes and tyres etc.