Seatbelt Myth Busters
by Jonathan Clensy |
posted 10 October 2017
Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is keen to remind every vehicle occupant how important it is to wear a seatbelt on every journey. "We are concerned that there are still drivers and passengers who for whatever reason do not use a seatbelt," said GEM road safety officer Neil Worth.
To overcome this, they have developed a series of myth busters. "Using a seatbelt is a quick and simple task," added Worth. "It's also a highly effective way of reducing the consequences of a collision. That's why wearing a seatbelt is not a matter of personal choice, but is compulsory for drivers and passengers."
Myth 1: I don’t need to wear a seatbelt, as my car has airbags and ESC fitted
Your car's safety systems are designed to work in harmony with the seatbelt. If you're not wearing one, then an airbag is likely to do serious damage to you and even assist in ejecting you through the windscreen in a collision.
Myth 2: It's down to individual choice
It is not, and has not been for years now. People not wearing seatbelts are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle in a crash... and if you're thrown from a vehicle, you're four times more likely to die than if you're restrained inside it.
Myth 3: Most people belt up, so why waste time on enforcement?
Because the small percentage of people who won't belt up are at such an increased risk of being injured or killed in a crash.
Myth 4: Seatbelts are unnecessary on local journeys at low speeds
Imagine a head-on collision at 30mph. After your car has the impact, you're still travelling at 30mph when your head hits the steering wheel or the windscreen. That's the same velocity as someone falling from the top of a three-storey building.
"We urge drivers to take responsibility for their own safety and for the safety of their passengers, by ensuring everyone wears a seatbelt on every road journey. After all, the use of seatbelts is the single most effective method of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in motor vehicle collisions," concluded Worth.