The Importance of Wearing a Seatbelt

Countless studies and extensive research has proven beyond any doubt that seatbelts save lives. Yet some people still refuse to wear them. Everyone should make fastening their seatbelts upon getting into a vehicle a matter of habit – it’s the smart thing to do. Following are some of the major benefits of wearing a seatbelt.

Keeps You in Place – The seatbelt keeps you in your seat upon impact. This prevents you from being ejected through the windshield or being thrown around inside the vehicle.

Reduces Risk of Injury and Death –  It is fairly common for people to survive serious accidents where their car is totaled when wearing a seatbelt (often with only minor injuries). This does not hold true for those who don’t wear seatbelts.

It Works with Your Airbags – Many people don’t realize that seatbelts in modern vehicles are specifically designed to work in tandem with airbags. Failing to wear your seatbelt can make the airbag ineffective.

You Won’t Have to Pay Any Fines – There are seatbelt laws in every state, which means you can be stopped by police and issued a ticket if you aren’t wearing one. You’ll not only have to pay a fine, you’ll also have a violation on your driving record.

It Can Ruin Your Insurance Claim – Some insurance companies will deny your claim for injuries or damages if you weren’t wearing a seatbelt – even if the accident was not your fault.