The Top Safety Precaution that Passengers are Avoiding

Hey Everyone.

Hope you’re all doing well!

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A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that four out of five people do not wear their seatbelt when they are sitting in the back seat of a car if it is a short trip or if it is in a Uber, Lyft, or any other similar service.

The report by the IIHS found that the majority of people who do not wear their seatbelt in the back seat believe that it is not necessary to wear a seatbelt because the back seat is much safer than the front seat.

However, research by IIHS engineers and others have shown that this idea is absolutely false. In the event of a car crash unbelted back seat passengers can be violently thrown like a missile to the front.

In 2015 alone 1,018 back seat passengers died because they were not wearing a seat belt.

A separate report conducted in 2016 by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that unbelted back seat passengers were three times more likely to die in a crash.

According to the IIHS the driver can also be severely injured because an unbelted back seat passenger can slam into the drivers seat, pushing the driver into the airbag and steering wheel with a 35  mph impact.

Okay so I have a confession to make. Usually when my whole family and I ride together in a car, my parents are in the front and my two brothers and I are in the back seat. It is often the case that one of my brothers is on one side and the other brother is on the other side and I am in the middle.

I have to admit that when I am in this middle seat I never buckle up because the seatbelt in the middle is, in my opinion, uncomfortable. Although we rarely all ride together, after reading these stats I will definitely be buckling up.

Additionally, it has been reported that Princess Diana was not wearing a seatbelt on the night of her fatal car crash. According to a simulation experiment by CNN her life could potentially have been saved if she was simply wearing her seat belt.

From the bottom of my heart I would like to really encourage all of you my dear readers to please make sure to buckle up whenever you are in a car, no matter how short the trip is. Its something that can be done in a few seconds but it can save your life and even the lives of those with and around you.

With Love,

Yasmin

11 thoughts on “The Top Safety Precaution that Passengers are Avoiding

    1. Thank you so much for you’re very kind and thoughtful comment! And yes it truly is a tragedy that apparently she wasn’t wearing her seatbelt and experts believe that she could have survived that tragic crash!

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  1. You fasten your belt, even if unconfortable, from now on, Yasmin !! Also, you could kindly ask some of your brothers to occupy the central place, sice girls should be treated the best possible 🙂 At the right hand side (probably behind your mom) you would travel more comfortably, even with the belt fastened. Take much care 😉 ❤

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  2. Good advice and I am surprised so many people don’t wear them. I recall us having to stop really hard once when a car cut us off and our poor dog flew from the back seat of the truck right over the seat and into the dash board. He is a 65 lb dog, not a small one. So yes, wear your seat belt even in the back seat. Be safe!

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  3. Using seatbelts, front and back is compulsory here. I cannot believe it is twenty years since Diana died. Who knows what she may have gone on to achieve, had she been wearing a seatbelt. I do not think those twenty years have made people wiser. It easy to forget how courageous Diana was for the time. She reached out and broke down barriers of fear and prejudice wherever she went.

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    1. I totally agree with you! I was also shocked to hear that so many people ride a car without wearing their seatbelt. Princess Diana was and continues to be an inspiration to me and I was really sad to learn that she lost her life due to a simple and preventable mistake! But I take comfort in knowing that her legacy is still running strong!

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