According to a study done in the States, young people, especially males ages 16 to 25, are in the age group least likely to buckle up, with the study stating that males in this group tend not to believe they will be injured or killed in an accident.
However, current statistics show that men is this particular group are the United States’ highest-risk drivers, contributing to the most drunk driving, speeding and auto accident cases for our neighbour down south.
What is the most worrying part of the study? Sixty-three per cent of the people killed in car accidents weren’t using seatbelts. Although the modern lap and shoulder auto seatbelt is 51-years-old this year, many people worldwide still fail to use it every year.
So why do people not wear their seatbelts?
Is it due to forgetting to buckle up while rushing from one destination to another? Most, if not all, modern vehicles come with seatbelt warning lights and/or sounds to warn drivers to put on their seatbelts.
Maybe some people don’t wear their seatbelts because they are uncomfortable. I would choose the brief lack of comfort any day of the week for myself and my loved ones compared to hitting asphalt, gravel or steel, and suffering permanent immobility after being ejected from a moving vehicle in an accident.
Or maybe seatbelts just aren’t cool enough. If you think being a safe driver, passenger, and a pedestrian isn’t the “in” thing to do, then I do suggest that you watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nqMhAMxoRs
Maybe it is time for the government to implement a national seatbelt awareness month, or for schools and communities to pound in that the message that seatbelts do save lives during accidents.
With snow on the ground, roads are more slippery, and chances of auto collisions go up significantly. Please either learn to buckle up before driving off, or remind your loved ones to always use their seatbelts while in their vehicles.