Seatbelt Safety Toolbox Talk

As simple it is, seatbelt safety needs to be covered every now and then. Refresh your crew on the importance of seatbelts with this toolbox talk.

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Seatbelt Safety Talk

There is a lot of controversy about wearing a seatbelt with many people. Whether you like to wear one or not, but it all boils down to the safety of them. They are a safety precaution that saves lives. In recent studies, it revealed that only 1 in every 7 people actually wear their seatbelt.

Excuses Used For Not Wearing A Seatbelt

People will give you any excuse that they can think of for not wearing a seatbelt. No matter what yours is, the bottom line is that wearing one is the law. There are so many reasons that people use for why they choose not to wear a seatbelt. Some of the common ones are:

The Myth

It has been said many times, “Wearing a seatbelt is more dangerous than not wearing one”. This statement is a myth and proven to not be accurate at all. You can do plenty of online research and see the injuries that happen from not wearing a seatbelt. Youtube has content called “Man Does Not Wear Seatbelt”. It can give you some pretty good visuals of the repercussions that can occur.

If you are looking for a reason to not wear your seatbelt, you can find someone who will give you reasons. In most cases, these excuses are all myths. That is because wearing your seatbelt is safer.

They Are Uncomfortable

People will commonly place the seatbelt strap behind them. It is unsafe to wear your seatbelt incorrectly. If you find your seatbelt is still very uncomfortable, you should look into aftermarket items. They can make it more comfortable for you.

Ones that can make it sit better on you and not irritate your skin. Everyone is a different height and body build, causing things to feel differently. You can purchase a belt pad to protect your neck.

Reasons To Wear A Seatbelt

Wearing your seatbelt is the law when operating or riding in a vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded that in 2018 there were 14,955 lives saved. All due to wearing their seatbelts. The chances of getting injured or killed are cut in half when wearing your seatbelt, according to the CDC.

Airbags are another safety feature that vehicles have in them. They are more successful at saving you from injury or death when combined with the use of your seatbelt. Some of the most common reasons that you should always wear your seatbelt are:

  • Reduce crash injuries
  • Reduce crash related deaths
  • You are more likely to be ejected from your vehicle
  • Helps you from sliding around the vehicle when driving
  • Reduces the risk of you being thrown around the vehicle when a crash happens
  • Seatbelts Are For Everyone

    Seatbelts are not only to be worn by the driver of the vehicle. Everyone who is inside of the car must wear one also. As the driver of a vehicle, it is your responsibility to make sure everyone is adhering to that rule.

    If you were to be pulled over without a seatbelt, you will receive a ticket. The passenger in the car can also get a ticket if they are over the age of 16. Otherwise, you are responsible for the fine for each individual not wearing a seatbelt in the car that you are operating.

    How A Seatbelt Can Protect You

    If you are traveling in a vehicle with multiple people, everyone should be in a restraint. One that is suitable for their age range. Car Seats, booster seats, or regular seatbelts. In the instance that a crash happens, it is going to be safer for everyone involved.

    Not only is being ejected less likely, but it keeps everyone in their proper seats as much as possible. Without a seatbelt, everyone would be thrown all over the place. Slamming into one another and increasing the risks of major injuries.

    Seatbelts Should Properly Fit

    There are many reasons that the age requirements for sitting in the front seat and using a booster seat are required. That is because the way that the belt fits on you is important. If it does not properly fit, it can be uncomfortable or even not fully protect you in the instance of a crash.

    Most of the time, seat belts can be adjusted. The shoulder belt can be moved up or down to be placed in the right position. If you still find it to be bothersome, then you may need to purchase an aftermarket item to help it to fit you properly.

    Seatbelts Save Lives

    There is an estimate of around 15,000 every year that are saved from wearing their seatbelt. That number could be increased by 2,000 or more if everyone would wear one. The first thing that should be done before operating a vehicle is buckling up.

    Wearing your seatbelt is not claiming that you will not get injured at all. It is going to reduce the impact of the injuries that you endure. In some cases, it could be what protects you from getting any injuries.

    Seatbelt Company Policies

    When your job requires you to drive pretty regularly throughout the day. Most likely you have been informed of the policies that are to be adhered to. Whether that is for driving your own personal vehicle or a company vehicle.

    It is said that people are more likely to wear a seatbelt in a passenger vehicle than a commercial vehicle. Companies can have policies you have to sign to agree to follow all safety protocols. This usually includes wearing seatbelts, driving speed limits, and following road laws.

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