To understand the importance of seat belts, it is necessary to know what happens inside the vehicle during an accident. There are actually two impacts: the first is the crash or collision as such; and, the second, produced as a reaction, is the crash of the vehicle occupants against the windshield or even outside the car. This second impact is the one that causes injury or death.
Why does this happen?
Being inside a vehicle, its occupants move, without feeling it, at the same speed as the vehicle. In a crash or collision, the vehicle stops unexpectedly and violently on the first impact, while its occupants remain at the same original speed at the one they were moving, no force acts on them to stop them, until they hit the steering wheel, the glass or the instrument panel, this is the second impact.
How to use the seat belt properly?
- Seat adjustment: Position the seat and backrest so that you feel comfortable. Remember that each seat and belt is for one person only.
- Belt movement: Make sure the straps slide smoothly, that the belt is not twisted and that it does not rub against the edge of any rigid object.
- Position: Adapt the belt by passing the strap between the base of the neck and the shoulder, watching that it holds you firmly, but do not tighten it; adjust it on the red device, provided for this purpose at the side of your seat.
- Check that the belt is correctly locked when it is adjusted.
What NOT to do with the seat belt?
- Never wear it loose because the function of the belt is to protect you.
- Never pass it under your arm, because in front of an impact it will not stop you effectively.
- Never carry children on your lap or include them in your belt.
- Never tilt the seat back too far back, because in the event of an impact it could slide under the belt.