Everybody knows you should wear a seatbelt. But why? Do you know how bad it can be if you don’t?
They’ve done a lot of research on seat belts and that’s why it’s the law that you buckle up – click it or ticket.
It’s been shown that a seatbelt increases the safety efficiency by 42%. To get an idea of how much that can help you, picture yourself driving down the road at 25 miles per hour – which is not that fast. That’s just driving around town. If your car is traveling 25 miles per hour, that means you are traveling at the same speed. If the car comes to an abrupt stop because of an accident and runs into a pole – you see those cars wrapped around poles sometimes – your body will continue to travel at 25 miles per hour until something stops it.
Hopefully, it’s an airbag or a seatbelt. But if you’re not wearing a seatbelt, traveling at that speed and hitting something would be the equivalent of you jumping off of a third story building and hitting the concrete.
It doesn’t sound like much fun, and it can be deadly. That’s why wearing a seatbelt is so important.
Other research has shown that wearing a seatbelt harness or strap across the chest actually increases the likelihood of you having whiplash. That’s because it stops the chest while the head continues to move forward.
That is what it is. But it’s going to save your life. Whiplash is something we can treat in the office and hopefully fix for you, but we can’t bring you back to life.
So please wear your seatbelt. If you’re involved in a car accident, and have whiplash, we can help you. Other clinics can help you, too.
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