We’ve come a long way with vehicle safety. Up until the early 1950s, many cars didn’t come with a seatbelt at all. Even though Texas laws require car drivers to wear their seatbelts at all times, many people ignore this safety precaution, and that could mean a severe injury or even death as a result of a car crash. Here’s why you should always wear a seatbelt.
The bottom line is seatbelts save lives. In the event of a car crash, a seatbelt is designed to keep passengers in a static motion, even when a sudden stop or change in momentum happens. A car moves with inertia (when something that is in motion keeps moving unless stopped or changed by an external force). With that said, when a car is in motion and crashes with another vehicle or object, people inside the vehicle can still be in motion, thus thrown about or out of the vehicle. Many people who survive a car crash often sustain an injury. Whether the injury is minor or catastrophic, without a seatbelt, the injury could be far worse. Wearing a seatbelt can reduce the severity or reduce the risk of these types of injuries such as whiplash, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones/fractures.
In conclusion, While other features such as airbags are another safety feature in vehicles, did you know that they can’t protect you alone? The force of an airbag can seriously injure or even kill you if you are not wearing a seatbelt. Additionally, if you don’t buckle up you’ll have to pay for not wearing your seatbelt. So, keep your money in your pocket and stay safer on the road by wearing your safety belt while driving.