Seatbelt Usage: What You Didn’t Know

It’s a proven fact that seatbelts save lives, yet some motorists still refuse to wear them. Blame discomfort, poor memory, or simply not wanting to wear the safety gear; whatever the reason, not putting one on increases your chances of getting seriously injured. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wearing a seatbelt cuts your risk of serious injury and death by about half.

Startling Seatbelt Facts You May Not Know

Everyone who gets into a vehicle is at risk for being injured should an accident occur. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for everyone under age 54, and young adults ages 18 to 24 are the most impacted. Here, we discuss interesting seatbelt facts that may be new to you:

  • Adults ages 18 to 34 are less likely to wear seat belts than those age 35 and older.
  • Adults who live in rural areas are 10 percent less likely to wear seatbelts than adults who live in urban and suburban areas. About 78 percent of adults who live in rural areas wear their seatbelts every time, compared to 87 percent use in urban and suburban areas.
  • Seatbelt use is lower in states with secondary enforcement laws or no seatbelt laws at all than states that have primary enforcement laws.
  • Of the teenagers aged 13 to 20 who died in crashes in 2012, about 55 percent were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accidents.
  • Men are 10 percent less likely to wear seatbelts than women.

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