Vehicle crashes create powerful forces that persist even after the vehicle has slowed or stopped. These forces are strong enough to hurl people to the front of the vehicle, thus placing them at risk of hitting things inside the vehicle, or being ejected from the vehicle entirely. Seat belts reduce the strength of these crash forces by spreading them across your torso and preventing you from being thrown out of your vehicle.
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We all know that the road can be a dangerous place. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among ages 1-54 in the United States. In Tennessee alone, motor vehicle crashes kill about three people every day. The easiest and most effective way to protect yourself from these road-related dangers is to wear your seat belt.
The Road is Dangerous
Regardless of where you are, the road is always a risky place. In 2014, over 32,600 people died in motor vehicle crashes nationwide. Nearly 1,000 of those deaths were in Tennessee. The cause of these crashes varied: distraction, drowsiness, alcohol-impaired driving, etc. Even if you are a safe and focused driver, you are inevitably at risk on the road.
Seat Belts Make a Difference
Research has shown that seat belts are effective tools for protection; in fact, they reduce crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. In 2014, seat belt usage saved 367 lives in Tennessee. These results are staggering, considering the usage rate was only 87%. If seat belt usage had been at 100% all year, an additional 90 lives could have been saved.
So how exactly do seat belts protect you?
You Can Make a Difference
You have the power to help save lives and make our roads a safer place:
- Buckle up. Wearing your seat belt protects you and others on the road. If you are unbelted, you increase fellow occupants’ risk of injury or death by 40%. Don’t risk anyone’s life: Buckle Up Tonight to See Tomorrow.
- Spread the news. Many people do not grasp the importance of buckling up, so be sure to inform your family and friends. Even wearing your seat belt regularly can send a powerful nonverbal message.
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- Schedule our “Seatbelt Convincer” for your next event. We would love to help you #GetConvinced and convince others to buckle up! Our seatbelt convincer simulates a 5-7 mph crash, thus showing how effective seat belts can be. Click here for more info.