According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), out of the 22,215 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2019, 47% were not wearing seat belts. Despite all the technological advancements over the years, the seat belt is by far the most effective injury-prevention device in your car for the following reasons:
With certain automobile insurance companies, if you refuse to wear a seatbelt and are regularly fined for the same, when your automobile insurance is due, rates could skyrocket as you will be considered a high-risk driver or your policy could even be cancelled.
Seat belts are your best defence against aggressive and distracted drivers and could save lives. Ensure that your seat belt is securely fastened across the pelvis and rib cage. Never put the shoulder belt below your arm or behind your back.
In case you are purchasing a new car, check to see if the seat belt is comfortable and snug across your body, and obtain seat belt extenders if you feel the need. Whether you're driving on the highway or your usual route back home, always wear your seat belt to ensure your safety and those around you.