SEATBELTS SAVE LIVES. PERIOD. Decades of continuous research and development have proven this over and over. There should be absolutely zero resistance to “buckling up” each-and-every time you prepare to drive, or are a passenger in, a motor vehicle. Confirmation that every occupant is secured correctly is the drivers’ responsibility. Police enforcement of the seatbelt law, should a driver choose to not honor, will result in a citation. So, “click it or ticket!”
The design of vehicles has altered significantly as new technologies emerge. Automakers embrace this and strive to provide the consumer with standard and elective safety options. Driver assistance advances help ensure the safety of not only the driver operating the vehicle, but the other drivers on the road, as well as vehicle passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.
Newer automobiles are equipped, or offer, mechanisms that allow the driver better visual, mechanical and anticipatory awareness. These technologies provide quicker response times with the implementation of back-up cameras, blind-spot detectors, lane assist, forward collision prevention, airbags, automatic emergency braking, and anti-lock braking systems to name a few.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides consumers, automakers, engineers and other partner agencies information regarding all aspects of traffic safety. Utilizing these resources when purchasing a vehicle is a wise choice. You’ll better understand your vehicle’s abilities, any limitations, recalls, service issues, safety ratings, etc.
Diligence in participating in your vehicle’s safety systems, attending to all restraint laws (including child restraint/car seat requirements), and routinely maintaining the automobile, will decrease the probability of collision. Thereby, providing the driver a more relaxed, joyful, confident excursion.