A recent survey found that the top reasons for not using seat belts included driving a short distance, forgetfulness, and discomfort. You can put more than just yourself in danger if you happen to be involved in a collision without your seat belt on. Unbelted passengers essentially become projectile objects in a vehicle collision and increase the risk of injury and death to other occupants by 40%. In a frontal crash, an unbelted rear seat passenger sitting behind a belted driver increases the driver’s risk of fatality by 137% when compared to collisions where the rear seat passenger is belted. Long story short – buckling up could not only save your own life, but protect others as well!
Image credit: Mizuno K, Ikari T, Tomita K, Matsui Y. “Effectiveness of seatbelt for rear seat occupants in frontal crashes.” In: 20th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles, 2007; Washington DC: U.S. Department of Transportation, 2007.