Each of us knows the risk of road travel nowadays, especially with the increasing number of mishaps. More than 70% of these mishaps happen due to passengers finding it tiresome to wear their seatbelts. This one wrong decision just of not wearing a belt proves to be a fatal one in their lives. The purpose of the seat belt itself is to grant you adequate safety. Why not use it supremely to your advantage?
For this, with the recommendation that each one of you does use a seat belt, we bring you its benefits, certain tips and measures on how to use seat belts so that they can help you have a safe and happy ride:
BASIC USES OF A SEAT BELT:
Seat belts prove to be crucial protectors for drivers and their passengers in a number of ways, such as:
 They decrease the time it takes your come to a stop upon impact
 They minimise a passenger’s contact with the interior of your car
 They actually spread the force of your impact over a greater area of your body
 Most importantly, they prevent ejection from your car, which can be fatal
SOME BELIEFS REGARDING SEAT BELTS:
As is the case with helmets, there are certain beliefs that people have regarding seat belts that convince them that it’s better to not wear one.
 The first is that they feel that wearing a seat belt in a major disaster will trap them in a fire or underwater. As a driver, you must realise that crashes involving fire or water occur only half the percent of all crashes. It doesn’t happen every day. And when they do happen, the best possible chance of your survival rests in remaining conscious and uninjured and in full possession of their mental and physical faculties. The impact proves to be the greatest danger, not the ensuing element. So if you’re not using a seat belt, it’s highly likely that you will be knocked out unconscious or severely injured. Whereas if you’re belted, it fairs a chance that you will be able to unbuckle your belt and get out of a possible fire or submerged car situation.
 Another belief is that seat belts prevent a safe ejection from a car before your impact. Remember that being thrown safely clear from a crash is almost next to impossible. It is possible that when you’re thrown off, you may be thrown through your windshield or scraped along the pavement or maybe even crushed by your own vehicle or another. The very idea of being thrown from a car and landing in a grassy area of the road itself is pure fantasy. Your best gamble in a crash is to stay inside your vehicle where you are securely held by your seat belt.
 The third belief is that you are not going far and you won’t be going fast so you don’t need a seatbelt. This is the reason that many people living in the rural areas use when they are asked why they did not buckle up. It’s very important to remember that most of the crash deaths occur within 20 miles of home and even at speeds of less than 40 miles per hour. Clearly, this emphasises that every day just driving from one neighbour’s house to another poses the greatest danger.
TIPS FOR DRIVERS:
When you are driving your passengers, before the car starts you need to make sure of the following:
 First, your own seat belt is properly and adequately fastened and adjusted to fit yourself firmly
 All your passengers’ seat belts are properly and firmly fastened and adjusted
 All children travelling in your car are properly and safely restrained
At the same time, it is the moral duty of every passenger to make sure that his or her co-passengers and their driver have put on their seat belt firmly.
SEAT BELT SAFETY FOR CHILDREN
As a driver, you must ensure that all children in the car are restrained in a restraint suited to each of their size and weight. It must be correctly and securely fitted to your car. In many cars, it is possible to add an additional lap belt to accommodate a fourth child in the back seat. In most cases, lap belts are not recommended in their own capacity but are deemed safe if they are used in conjunction with a securely fitted child harness of good quality.
If however, it proves necessary to move the child into an adult seat belt facility from a child booster, the following need to be implemented:
 Make sure that the adult seat belt fits correctly and securely. Also, see if the lap part of the mechanism is low over the pelvis and not the stomach. The sash should not touch your child’s face or neck. It is advised to double check that all slack is removed
 A lap or a sash proper seat belts offer better and greater protection than lap belts. If possible, put your child in a safe seating position with a lap or a sash belt
 All drivers must ensure that children riding in school buses and vans must wear a seat belt if available and only one seat belt must be used per person otherwise, there is no purpose.
SEAT BELT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN:
A seat belt is, even more, a must if you are pregnant. Wearing one means you are protecting both yourself and your unborn baby should you be involved in a crash. So follow these steps carefully:
 It is possible to adjust the angle of your seat belt by using a seat-belt locator
 Always make sure that the sash part of your belt is in between your breasts
MAINTAINENCE OF SEAT BELTS:
It is imperative that all seat belts must always be kept in good condition. All car owners are recommended to check the condition of seatbelts in their own vehicle as a standard part of their vehicle maintenance routine. Most importantly, the following things should be surveyed:
 That the seat belts themselves are not cut, twisted or frayed
 That the buckles are all in good working order and are engaging and releasing properly and securely.
 That the retractors all work properly. Also, check if the seat belt pulls out smoothly and is fully retracted when it is not in use.
We recommend that you use all these measures which we have drawn out just for you so that you could have a safe ride! In the hope that we enlightened you with our information again, we sign off wishing you the best of weeks and happy journeys with your rides!