Seatbelts are taken foregranted; be sure they are buckled for driving

Most of us don’t remember a time when cars had no seatbelts. Yet, even today people decide to leave their seatbelts unbuckled, especially for those “quick trips” around town. This dangerous practice continues in spite of the fact that 75% of crash deaths and injuries take place within 25 miles of home and over half of injury-producing accidents occur at speeds under 40 MPH.

Did You Know? Buckle up for safety really works!

Seatbelts are taken foregranted; be sure they are buckled for driving

Most of us don’t remember a time when cars had no seatbelts. Yet, even today people decide to leave their seatbelts unbuckled, especially for those “quick trips” around town. This dangerous practice continues in spite of the fact that 75% of crash deaths and injuries take place within 25 miles of home and over half of injury-producing accidents occur at speeds under 40 MPH.

Motorists also remain unbuckled on long drives, tired of being strapped in for some many hours. While people may feel more comfortable, they are in more serious danger. When you are driving in a car, you are 25 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured if you are thrown clear of a vehicle.

Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles wants to again remind motorists that buckling up does save lives. According to their public information office:

  • Approximately 35,000 people die in motor vehicle crashes each year. About 50 percent (17,000) of these people could be saved if they wore their safety belts.
  • Safety belts, when used properly, reduce the number of serious traffic injuries by 50 percent and fatalities by 60-70 percent.
  • In a 30 MPH collision, an unbelted 160 pound person can strike another passenger, crash through a windshield and/or slam into the vehicle’s interior with the force of 4,800 pounds.
  • A common cause of death and injury to children in motor vehicles involve being crushed by adults who are not wearing safety belts. One out of four serious injuries to passengers is due to occupants being thrown into each other.
  • 80 out of every 100 children who die in motor vehicle crashes would survive if they were properly secured in an approved child safety seat or safety belts.

While not a popular subject to bring up, Tom Ivey and the professionals at Tysons Auto Specialties want to keep their customers safe and sound. When it comes to seatbelt safety, they would like drivers to SHOW and TELL – Buckle up yourself and then remind passengers in the car to do the same. Most people will comply when asked.

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