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 30-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.