It's no secret that driving on the road is fraught with some dangers. Someone feels more constrained with a belt, while someone simply feels uncomfortable.
There are some drivers who believe that the seat belt will bind the movements and prevent getting out of the car in the event of an accident or fire. However, these statements are only part of the myths that we will debunk.
The seat belts are uncomfortable. In fact, the habit of wearing a seat belt in the car must be brought up from childhood. In this case, an unfastened person will even have a feeling of psychological discomfort from the lack of a belt.
If the car is equipped with an airbag, then no belts are needed. This is a fairly common opinion among those who are technically illiterate. It turns out that most road traffic crashes require both airbags and belts to deploy simultaneously. When the airbag is deployed, it is the belts that will keep the person from the oncoming impact when the air bag is deployed.
The seat belt will make it difficult to get out of a burning car. This happens extremely rarely, but positive statistics are evident - in 99 cases out of 100, seat belts together with pillows will save lives and preserve health as much as possible. The greatest danger in an accident is shock. If passengers are not wearing their seatbelt, they risk losing consciousness or getting injured. There is no need to talk about getting out of the car.
In case of an accident, it is better to be thrown out of the car rather than fastened on. This opinion is deeply mistaken, because a person who has flown out of a car, according to statistics, has only one chance in 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 hitting the windshield, which also entails a spinal injury.
The seat belt can injure a person in an accident. The belt can indeed cause injury, but only of one type. We are talking about injuries to the cervical spine, because during sudden braking, the body continues to move forward by inertia. However, compared to the injuries that can occur in road accidents, the consequences of using seat belts are simply small.
When driving at low speeds, belts may not be worn. If at speeds up to 30 km / h masses collide, even weighing up to a ton, then one cannot do without seat belts. Indeed, without them, a person can be seriously injured even at such a “childish” speed. The risk is especially great if the collision occurs not frontally, but at an angle. After all, the impact energy will throw a person not forward, but into the space between the seats or onto the front dashboard. Statistics say that more than 80% of all accidents occur at speeds up to 65 km / h.
No belts are needed when driving short distances. All the same statistics say that in 75% of cases, the death of a driver on the road occurs within 40 kilometers from his home. Even driving to the next street carries the risk of an accident. There have been cases when people had an accident after driving only 10 meters.
Sitting in the back seat, you can do without seat belts. Sometimes, with a frontal impact, those sitting in the back have a much higher risk of injury than those in front. Modern cars are equipped with belts in the rear seats - this is done for a reason. Even passengers strapped in the front risk serious injury if a rear-seat person crashes into them.
Belts prevent jumping out of the car window. During an accident, do not hope to jump out of the window. According to statistics, this increases the probability of death by 10 times, so it is better to stay strapped in place.
Seat belts restrict movement. The design of the belts has been constantly improved, they are made in such a way as to allow a person to reach wherever they may need while driving.
A strapped-on adult can hold the child in his arms. Even in a collision at a speed of 30 km / h, a baby weighing 7 kilograms will slip out of an adult's hands, a force of 135 kilograms will act on the child.
Seat belts are not life-saving. In half of the deaths associated with car accidents, wearing a seat belt would save lives.
The safest place in the car is behind the driver. Someone thinks that sitting behind the driver, you don't have to buckle up. Recently, experts from the University of Buffalo conducted research. They analyzed the statistics of accidents for 3 years. The middle back seat turned out to be the best, it is 16% safer than any other seat in the car. At the same time, it should be understood that the passenger in this place must be fastened, otherwise he has the maximum chances of flying out through the windshield in a frontal impact. So the safest place is where the person is buckled up.