Why Safety Belts?
- Properly fastened seatbelts distribute the forces of rapid deceleration over the chest, hips and shoulders.
- These are the larger and stronger parts of a person’s body and they can endure greater levels of force.
- The seatbelt stretches slightly to slow your body down and lessens the distance your upper torso travels before stopping.
- A safety belt reduces the chance of the “human collision” phase of a motor vehicle crash.
A study done by the Chase Insurance Group in 2001 found that 77 percent of auto collisions occurred within 15 miles of home.