What difference does a seatbelt make?

Here’s why you should never skip buckling up, whether using a personal vehicle or private car service.

What difference does a seatbelt make?

20 May 2016 / Travel Experience /

It's a strange phenomenon. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly 9 out of 10 passengers buckle up automatically when riding in a personal vehicle. However, when those same people hop into a limo, taxi or vehicle from a car service fleet, the rules change and only 4 out of 10 remember their seat belt.

But why? Perhaps they are engrossed in other tasks. Perhaps they think a professional driver can avoid 100 percent of accidents. Or maybe they simply want to relax without restraint.

Regardless of the reason, the safest way to travel in any vehicle is wearing your seat belt. Period.

Why do seat belts really matter?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seat belts reduce the severity of crash-related injuries and deaths by half. In fact, the Naval Safety Center found that only 1 percent of passengers wearing a seat belt were ejected from the vehicle during a crash.

"Wearing a seat belt reduces the severity of crash-related injuries and deaths by half."

It's the law: Primary vs. secondary seat belt laws.
It's illegal not to wear a seat belt in most states, and you can face a fine of more than $100 in some states for getting ticketed without a seat belt on just your first offense, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

That being said, there are two categories of seat belt law: primary and secondary. Primary allows law enforcement to ticket offenders, even if there is no other traffic offense. Secondary, on the other hand, says there must be another traffic violation in order to give the ticket. Thirty-four states have a primary seat belt law. Is yours one of them?

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 54.
That affects a lot of people. According to the CDC's report on injury prevention and control for motor vehicle safety, more than 2.2 million adult drivers and passengers were rushed to emergency rooms as a result of injuries in a vehicle crash in 2012.

Don't forget to buckle up. Don't forget to buckle up.

You're just as likely to be injured or killed in the back seat.
The Department of Transportation found that about 22 percent of backseat passengers don't buckle up in a personal vehicle. That alone should be concerning. But the New York City Taxi Commission found their travelers' seat belt avoidance to be three times greater. That's right – a whopping 62 percent of taxi passengers don't wear their seat belt.

Backseat passengers who don't wear seat belts aren't only a danger to themselves, but to other passengers as well. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a crash test video of the damage a child would do if he was unrestrained. In this crash simulation, the dummy was propelled forward, slamming head first into the windshield. Before the test doll made it to the windshield, however, it also crashed into the passenger in the front seat, delivering what would be life-threatening injuries. 

The safest way to ride.
If you're traveling by car, the single-most important safety measure you can take is to simply buckle your seat belt. You can also protect yourself by choosing a car service that makes safety its No. 1 priority.

Embarque's drivers undergo a comprehensive background check, as well as 40 hours of on-the-road and classroom training (including The Smith System® interactive defensive driving program). Our fleet of late-model vehicles are maintained in pristine condition and are subject to frequent inspections. This commitment has paid off with an unprecedented 99.9 percent safety record across all trips since Embarque's inception. That's not a bad stat to trust with your safety.

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