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November Tips of the Month: What Do Seat Belts Do?

Seat belts are your best protection in a crash. They are designed so that the forces in a crash are absorbed by the strongest areas of your body -- the bones of your hips, shoulder and chest. Seat belts keep you in place so that you do not hit the dashboard, windshield, or other passengers in the vehicle. Safety belts hold you in your seat allowing you to stop as the car is stopping, which allows you to "ride down" the crash. Also, the safety belt keeps you from being thrown out of the car. Seat belts also help belted drivers maintain control of the car by keeping them in the driver's seat. This increases the chance of preventing a second crash.

Always wear your seat belt, and insist that your passengers do the same. One unrestrained passenger can seriously injure others in the vehicle. Unrestrained passengers can become flying missiles.


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