Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest safety measures you and your passengers can take, and it could save your life, by stopping you from being thrown out of or around the vehicle in a crash. Wearing a three-point seat belt halves your risk of death in a crash.
Everyone should always wear a seat belt, even on short journeys. People are less likely to belt up for short or familiar routes, but even if you’ve made a journey a thousand times before, or you’re just driving around the corner, it could still be a life-saver, and it’s still the law.
Before setting off, make sure you and your passengers, including your pets are belted up and secure. Seat belt use is lower among back seat passengers, but this is incredibly dangerous for that person and other people in the vehicle. An unrestrained back seat passenger can kill someone else in the vehicle, and themselves, by slamming into someone else’s head in a crash.
This could happen to you, it happens every day!
- How often you see pets in-secure in the back of cars?
- Children messing around in the back of your car?
- In-secure loads, chuck your computer bag, or shopping in the back seat
Think about it!
Not only are we breaking the law, you are also invalidating your vehicle insurance.
We will be covering transporting pets safely shortly in our blog, we also have been asked to run courses about this subject.
Make sure you have enough three-point seat belts for everyone travelling in your vehicle. Never squeeze extra people in without belts, or sharing the same belt – which can be as dangerous as not wearing one.
Three-point belts are far safer than lap belts, because the shoulder strap on a three-point belt stops your body being flung forward in a crash, which can result in horrific injuries. If you drive or a passenger in an older vehicle with a lap belt in a particular seat, don’t use that seat, remember we only have one life.!