Why wearing a seat belt is effective

By Drum Digital
08 December 2015

The festive season is a time to relax, but don’t drop your guard when you get behind the wheel and make sure all passengers are buckled up, too.

By Vida Li-Sik

A common mistake motorists make is thinking that “it’s only a short distance”. Rather be safe than sorry.

A seat belt is often the only thing that separates you from serious injury or even death. They’re there for a purpose – the possibility of surviving a crash.

Here’s how wearing a seat belt can help you:

* Stopping suddenly imposes a great deal of force on all objects in the vehicle. What the seat belt does is distribute that force to the some of the strongest parts of the human anatomy – the chest and pelvis. Crash survivors will often have “burns” or bruises in these areas from the friction of the seat belt – although this is far preferable to concentrating such forces on the head or at a puncture point in the chest or abdomen.

* Without a seat belt, the occupant will continue to move forward until brought to a stop by an object such as a front seat, steering wheel or windscreen. In the most serious crashes, the seat belt might cause internal injuries, while passengers who were not buckled up will most likely be killed instantly.

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