while i was on my way to nbi i notice that most of us don’t know how to use the seatbelt… people would normally do is they would put the seatbelt on their back and lock it which is definetly and totally wrong, because the proper way of using seatbelt is to block it in your body so you’ll be safe… according to the research in Ontario:
For every one per cent increase in seat belt usage, five lives in Canada are saved (Transport Canada).
Since seat belts were made mandatory, the number of people killed and injured in collisions in Ontario has steadily dropped.
and the proper way to use seatbelt are the following:
- A properly worn seat belt greatly increases your chances of surviving a motor vehicle collision.
- No doubling up — only one person to a seat belt.
- A typical seat belt assembly consists of a lap and shoulder belt. The shoulder belt should be worn closely against the body and over the shoulder and across the chest, never under the arm. The lap belt should be firm against the body and low across the hips.
- Air bags do not take the place of a seat belt. When air bags activate during a motor vehicle collision, they reduce the forward movement of the upper torso and minimize impact. They do not prevent drivers and passengers from being thrown from the car.
When a seat belt is worn correctly, it will apply most of the collision or stopping forces across the chest and pelvis, which are better able to withstand collision forces. A seat belt should not be worn twisted, as the full width of the belt is required to spread motor vehicle collision forces across the body.
Wearing a seat belt loosely or placing the shoulder belt under the arm or behind your back instead of across the chest, could, in the case of a collision or sudden stop, result in an injury-producing impact with the vehicle interior, or ejection from the vehicle. Wearing a lap belt across the stomach, instead of low across the hips, allows collision forces to be applied to the soft tissue of the body, increasing the chance of injury.
Pregnant women must wear seat belts — wearing the lap and shoulder belt and sitting as upright as possible. The lap belt should be worn low so it pulls downward on the pelvic bones and not directly against the abdomen.
Seatbelt exemptions continue to include:
- Driving a motor vehicle in reverse
- People with medical certificates saying that they are unable to wear a seatbelt
- People engaged in work that requires them to exit from and re-enter the vehicle at frequent intervals, as long as they are traveling less than 40 km/h
- Police or peace officers while transporting a person in custody
- Person in police custody while being transported
- Employees and agents of Canada Post engaged in rural mail delivery
- Ambulance attendants and any other persons being transported in the patient’s compartment of an ambulance
- Firefighters in the rear of a fire department vehicle while engaged in work that makes it impractical to wear a seatbelt
- Taxi cab drivers while transporting a passenger for hire. When travelling alone in the vehicle, taxi cab driversmust wear a seatbelt.
also, in other country laws are been made to avoid accidents on the road most especially if your with your kids, you may not want to risk the lives of your loved ones just because of the seatbelt.
in conclusion seat belts are made for protection and not for display purposes, also it think that if your too lazy to use your seat belts then don’t drive, don’t risk other peoples lives because of laziness….