Seat belts first became mainstream in vehicles back in the 1950s. These days, they get fitted to all road-going cars and other autos. They help to save millions of lives on the road each year. And they prevent auto accidents turning into fatal ones.
One strange fact about seat belts is that some people refuse to wear them. Even if it means they are breaking the law! Some motorists feel that seat belts don’t protect people on the road. But, as you can imagine, the world is awash with facts to prove otherwise! Here are six things you ought to know about the humble seat belt:
1. They reduce injury severity in auto accidents
The CDC estimates that seat belts reduce the severity of auto accident injuries by 50%.
2. 13 to 20-year-olds are the worst offenders
55% of people in that age range died on the road because they weren’t wearing seat belts.
3. Car crashes are a primary reason for the deaths of 18 to 24-year olds
If all youngsters wore seat belts, there would be fewer fatalities.
4. In a collision with other vehicles, seat belts keep you in your car
Even a minor collision can cause your body to get expelled from your car if you don’t wear a seat belt.
5. You won’t get fined
If you or your passengers don’t wear seat belts, you could get fined in most states.
6. Fines can increase if you’re a repeat offender
Your first fine might only be $25. But, that could rise to as much as $200.
Here are some other interesting facts about seat belts that you need to know about:
Infographic Produced By Bogdan Martinovich