Contrary to popular belief, automobile travel is statistically one of the most risky ways to travel. In the United States alone, 40,000 people lost their lives in car crashes in 2017. For comparison, the number is 500 for airplane crashes. When you’re in a car, you are responsible for not only your own safety, but also of those around you. Similarly, you’re subjected to how careful everyone else is with their own driving. When it comes to cars, there’s no telling what could and will happen.
Considering this incredibly high risk of fatalities, it becomes essential that we take any safety precautions that we possibly can to stay safe. Understandably, seatbelts come at the forefront of automobile safety and as such ought to be put on whenever we go driving. As a thinking point, the fatality rates in Arizona were 0.1% and 6.5% for people who did and did not wear seatbelts, respectively in 2017.
Many people don’t realize this, but seatbelts offer a range of safety guarantees for common yet unimaginable safety risks.
1. Seatbelts Stop You From Flying Out the Windscreen
In event that you get into a really bad car crash, the impact might have you flying out of your seat and straight out of the windshield. There are many people who’ve met a rather painful end because they didn’t put on their seatbelts and nothing held them back in the event of an accident.
2. Seatbelts Are Essential For Airbag Activation
Many cars come with this safety feature where airbags are only activated if you have the seatbelt on. If you drive without a seatbelt and get into an accident, then you could just crash into your steering wheel since the airbags won’t deploy to stop it from happening.
3. Seatbelts Can Prevent Passengers From Hurting Each Other
If you have children on-board with adults, each of them can crash into each other during an accident. With infants in particular, not wearing a seatbelt can be the cause of major injuries and potential fatalities if none of you are held in place during a crash.
4. Seatbelts Stop You From Crashing Into Parts of the Car
When people get into accidents, they’re put through a sudden shock that might have them crash into other parts of the car. This can cause fractures, broken limbs or even concussions.
5. Insurance Payments
Many insurance providers can simply refuse to make insurance payments if you’re not wearing a seatbelt. They will claim that you didn’t take the full extent of measures to save yourself from personal injury and could have you going to court before they will pay up the money.
Learning safe driving along with other road safety dos and don’ts is essential for all drivers at Jacob’s Driving School. Jacob’s Driving School in Glendale, Arizona offers one of the most comprehensive defensive driving courses in Arizona. Check out our website to learn more, or you can call us at (602) 297-1000