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Buckling up right is a snap!
And it can keep you out of the
Adjust the lap belt to fit low and tight across your
hips/ pelvis, not your stomach area.
2. Place the shoulder
belt snug across your chest, away from your neck.
3. Never place the
shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm.
If you wear a seat belt every time you
get into a vehicle, you’re more likely to:
where you’re going on time.
Wearing a seat belt isn’t just a good idea, it’s the law,
and many States are conducting heightened enforcement of
their seat belt laws.
onto your hard-earned cash.
Seat belt tickets can mean
hefty fines and, in some places, points on your license.
disabling injuries and scarring.
Every 15 seconds, someone
is injured in a traffic crash. If you’re not buckled up,
you could be thrown through a window, sent skidding along
the pavement or be
crushed under a vehicle in a crash.
Someone is killed in a crash every 13 minutes. However, seat
belts save over
11,000 lives each year, and they can help you maintain
control of your car in a crash.
buckle up on every trip. Every time.
convinced by State law?
Consider the laws of physics:
you crash or slam on your brakes, your car comes to
a sudden stop. But you will keep moving until you, too, are
stopped—by the windshield, dashboard or pavement.
Wearing a seat belt stops your body from being thrown
around inside or outside the car. A seat belt decreases
the chances you’ll get hurt by firmly keeping you in place.
* Air bags are designed to be used with
seat belts. By themselves, they are only 12% effective at reducing
DO YOU WANT TO STOP?
"We'd rather pull you over for a ticket
than pull you out of a crash."
Buckle up anyway.
most vehicles, air bags are only in the front
and inflate only in frontal crashes. In rear or side crashes
and rollovers, the seat belt can save you from serious
injury or death.
Air bags inflate rapidly in a crash. If you’re not
buckled up, you could be thrown too close to the air bag and
seriously injured or even killed.
Air bags are more effective when you’re buckled up
and seated at least 10" away, and when children under 12 are
properly buckled up in the back seat.
more help? Contact us.
more information about child safety seats, booster seats, fitting
stations in your area, seat belts, air bags, and other highway safety
issues, call the NHTSA Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT
(1-888-327-4236) or visit our web site at