It’s no secret that traveling along the road carries some danger. One of the most popular and simple protective equipment is the seat belts. Safety belts were first used in general in aviation in 1913. Despite the authorities’ struggle, many drivers do not fasten their cars. Someone feels more restrained with the belt, and someone simply experiences discomfort.
There are drivers who believe that the seat belt will tie the traffic and prevent you from getting out of the car in case of an accident or fire. And many drivers in general believe that on a trip for short distances or at a low speed you can do without such protection. However, these statements are only a part of those myths that we will debunk.
Seat belts are uncomfortable.
In fact, the habit of wearing on the car should be brought up from childhood. In this case, a non-fastened person will even have a feeling of psychological discomfort from the lack of a belt.
If an airbag is installed in the car, the belts are not needed.
This fairly common opinion is present among those who are technically illiterate. It turns out that most of the traffic accidents require the simultaneous actuation of cushions and belts. When the cushion is triggered, it is the belts that will hold the person from a collision when deploying the air bag.
Because of the seat belt, it will be difficult to get out of the burning car.
This happens very rarely, but positive statistics are evident – in 99 cases out of 100 seat belts along with pillows will save life and maximize health. The greatest danger in an accident is a blow. If passengers are not fastened, they risk losing consciousness or getting injured. There is no need to talk about any exit from the car.
In the event of an accident, it is better not to be fastened, but thrown out of the car.
This opinion is deeply mistaken, because a man who flew out of a car on statistics only has one chance out of four to save his life, not to mention his health. As a result of a strong blow, the victim can fly 50 meters. Seat belts protect the head of passengers from being hit by a windshield, which also involves trauma to the spine.
The seat belt can injure a person in the event of an accident.
The belt can actually cause injury, but only one type. It’s about the damage to the cervical spine, because in the course of severe braking the body continues to move forward by inertia. However, compared to those injuries that can occur during an accident, the consequences of using seat belts are simply small.
When driving at low speed, you can use belts and do not fasten.
If at a speed of up to 30 km / h the masses collide even weighing up to a ton, then no safety belts can not be avoided. After all, without them, a person can seriously suffer even at such a “childish” speed. Especially the risk is great if the collision is not frontal, but at an angle. After all, the impact energy will throw a person not forward, but on the space between the seats or on the front instrument panel. Statistics say that more than 80% of all accidents occur at speeds up to 65 km / h.
When driving for short distances, belts are not needed.
All the same statistics say that in 75% of cases the driver’s death on the road comes within 40 kilometers of his house. Even a trip to a nearby street is fraught with a risk of an accident. There were times when people got into an accident, after only 10 meters.
Sitting in the back seat, you can do without seat belts.
Sometimes, with a frontal impact, those who sit behind have much more risk of injury than those in front of those seated. Modern cars are equipped with belts and on the rear seats – this is done for a reason. Even front-seat passengers are at serious risk of serious injury if a person sitting behind is injured in them.
The straps prevent you from jumping out of the car window.
During an accident, do not expect to jump out of the window. According to statistics, this increases the probability of death by a factor of 10, so it’s better to stay attached to your seat.
Seat belts restrict movement.
The design of the belts was constantly improved, they were made in such a way as to allow a person to reach where they might need while driving.
An adult can hold a child in his arms.
Even at a collision at a speed of 30 km / h, a baby weighing 7 kilos will slip out of the adult’s hands, the child will be powered by 135 kilograms.
Seat belts do not save lives.
In half the deaths associated with car accidents, the use of a seatbelt would save lives.
The safest place in the car is behind the driver.
Someone thinks that sitting behind the driver, it is possible and not to be fastened. Not so long ago, experts from the University of Buffalo conducted research. They analyzed the accident statistics for 3 years. It turned out that the best is the middle back seat, it is 16% safer than any other places in the car. At the same time it is worthwhile to understand that the passenger at this place needs to be fastened, otherwise he has the maximum chances to fly through the windshield with a frontal impact. So the safest place is where the person is fastened.