Why should I wear a seatbelt?

Seatbelts save lives. If you are involved in a collision and you are not wearing a seatbelt you are 18 times more likely to die than someone who does wear a seatbelt.

Seatbelts save lives. If you are involved in a collision and you are not wearing a seatbelt you are 18 times more likely to die than someone who does wear a seatbelt.

Seatbelts save lives because they stop a person from being ejected from the car and they spread the impact force over a greater area of the body.
Don’t airbags replace the need for seatbelts?

Seatbelts and airbags have entirely different functions. A seatbelt is designed to lock in place when a sudden force is exerted against it. This means it restrains a person, preventing them from moving with the inertia of the car when the car is brought to a stop or is forced to change direction. The airbag increases the length of impact that may occur between an occupant and the interior of a car. By increasing the impact time, the energy of the impact dissipates and therefore reduces the severity of the injuries to the person. The two features work in conjunction to ensure the body is held in the correct position for the airbag to be most efficient.

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