Here are some helpful Do’s and Don’ts for seat belts.
DO – Wear your shoulder belt snugly over your shoulder and across the center of your chest.
DON’T – Tuck a shoulder belt behind your arm or back, or wear across your neck or face.
DON’T – Adjust your seat so far back that the shoulder belt doesn’t reach you—you could slip out from under it in a crash.
DO – Fit your lap belt snugly across your hips and upper thighs.
DON’T – Fit your lap belt over your stomach.
DO – Ask your car dealer about seat belt adjusters or extenders if the seat belt does not fit properly, and ask your car manufacturer how you can install a shoulder belt if your vehicle only has a lap belt.
DO – Model correct passenger restraint behavior for all children and passengers.
DO – Remember to tell all of your passengers to wear their seat belts!
An estimated 9% of Texans are not buckling up, and nearly 1,000 Texans killed in car crashes were known to not be properly restrained in 2014 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
Let’s watch this 40-second video of the impact a seat belt can make.
Now imagine four close friends or family members in your car with you. Drivers and passengers who buckle up are 45% less likely to die and 50% less likely to be moderately injured in a motor vehicle crash. Do you want to play the odds with your family or friends? (Didn’t think so!)
How many of you own or take frequent rides in a pickup truck? Seat belt use is the lowest for pickup trucks among all types of vehicles. In fatal crashes, pickups roll over almost twice as often as passenger cars!
Conclusion: Seat belts—including child safety seats—are the least expensive and most effective way to save lives and reduce the severity of injuries. Do EVERYTHING you can, and buckle up!
Have you ever been in the car for a short time (ex: backing out of the driveway, going a few blocks to the store) where you don’t buckle up?
Before you drive away, do you turn around to make sure everyone in your car has a seat belt on?
If you are riding in a friend’s car or taxi cab, do you bother to buckle up? Do you have to?
Watch this video:
Texas law states that all passengers in a vehicle must be secured by a seat belt. Texas law enforcement officials will ticket anyone who isn’t wearing a seat belt, including adult passengers in the back seat and drivers with children improperly secured.
Have you ever had a close call, a time when your vehicle was out of control?
What did you do to regain control?
Here are some techniques for regaining control of your vehicle in different situations.
What to do in inclement weather. In these conditions the best thing you can do is slow down. This may reduce the chance of losing control of the car.
What to do if you lose control. If loss of control occurs due to a flat tire, a patch of wet leaves, gravel roads, oil, snow and ice or some other hazard: remain calm no matter what. Panicking won’t help.
Look where you WANT to go, and point the wheels in that direction.
Don’t slam on the brakes, but ease up on the gas pedal. If the car has anti-lock brakes, apply firm pressure to slow the vehicle instead of pumping the brake pedal.
To avoid skids, brake before a curve, not during it.
Try to brake while in a straight line and coast through the curve. If a gas pedal sticks, shift to neutral and apply the brakes.
There are so many different types of intersections, it can be hard to remember the rules for using them!
Here’s a list of tips for each type.
Two-Way Intersection: Check both ways when arriving at the intersection. Pedestrians, emergency vehicles or impaired drivers may be traveling the wrong way.
T-Intersection: The major road, or the top of the “T” of the intersection, has right-of-way generally, but it is important to watch for any vehicles as you enter traffic.
Y-Intersection: When three roads meet, you may have a lot of traffic crossing lanes and merging. Slow down, scan and give right-of-way to those who are not crossing lanes of traffic.
Four-Way Intersection without signals (or when signals aren’t working): The first driver who arrives gets to go first. If you “tie” with someone, it is safest to yield to the driver on your right. Be careful—not everyone follows these guidelines.
Roundabouts: Roundabouts occur when multiple streets meet and, instead of crossing, form a circular lane of traffic. You should slow down, watch for new cars entering the flow of traffic and know where you are going before entering the roundabout. Those already in the roundabout have the right-of-way. Do not stop or pass other vehicles. Use signals when entering or exiting. And if you miss your turn, go around the circle and try again.