Perrys is keen to prompt every vehicle occupant about how vital it is to use a seatbelt on every journey – whether it’s a short trip to the shops or a long commute.
Motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, says: “Wearing a seatbelt is a swift and unfussy task; it’s also a very effective way of decreasing the consequences of a crash. That’s why putting on a seatbelt is not a matter of personal preference, but is obligatory for drivers and their passengers.”
Tim added: “For whatever reason, there are still motorists and passengers who don’t wear a seatbelt. Therefore, we advise drivers to be responsible for their own safety and for the well-being of their passengers, by making sure everyone dons a seatbelt on every road trip. Seatbelts are the most effective way of cutting fatalities and serious injuries in road traffic collisions.”
We, at Perrys, have put together a ‘myth-buster’ list below in a bid to put things right where seatbelts are concerned. We’re particularly keen to dismiss the mistaken notion that seatbelts are needless if a vehicle is kitted out with other safety technology.
1. I don’t need to wear a seatbelt, as my vehicle has airbags.
Your vehicle’s safety systems are meant to work alongside the seatbelt. If you’re not using a seatbelt, then an airbag could seriously injure you and even contribute to ejecting you out of the windscreen in a crash.
2. It’s down to personal choice.
It really is not, and hasn’t been the case for decades now. Motorists and passengers not wearing a seatbelt are thirty times more likely to be thrown from a vehicle in a collision. And if you’re ejected from a car, you’re four times more likely to be killed than if you’re belted up inside the vehicle.
3. Most people wear seatbelts, so why bother with enforcement?
Because the small proportion of drivers and their passengers who don’t wear seatbelts are at such an increased danger of being killed or injured in an impact.
4. Seatbelts are needless on local journeys at slow speeds.
Visualise a head-on car crash at 30mph. After your vehicle has the collision, you’re still moving at 30mph when your skull strikes the windscreen or steering wheel. That’s the same speed as falling from the top level of a three-storey building.