National Seat Belt Day recognizes a real-life saver.
Saving hundreds of thousands of lives every day, seat belts are the most critical vehicle safety mechanism. To commemorate the invention of seat belts, National Seat Belt Day is celebrated every November.
When is National Seat Belt Day?
National Seat Belt Day is celebrated on November 14 every year.
Going through the frequently asked questions and facts below will help add to your seat belt knowledge pool.
When was National Seat Belt Day initiated?
Governors Highway Safety Association, Uber, and Volvo teamed up in 2019 to remind everyone about the importance of wearing seat belts by launching National Seat Belt Day. This day also marked the 60th anniversary of the invention of the modern seat belts by Volvo.
Are there different kinds of seat belts?
Yes, there are seven different types of seat belts; two-point, three-point, four-point, five-point, six-point, and seven-point seat belts. George Cayley invented the two-point seat belt for his gliders. Nils Bohlin, an engineer for Volvo, invented the three-point seatbelt in the 1950s.
Car seats for babies and toddlers or in racing cars use four, five, and six-point seat belts. The aerobic aircraft industry uses a seven-point seat belt.
Can seat belts cause injury?
Some believe that seat belts don’t allow you to move freely and get out of the car during car collisions, causing injuries. However, this isn’t true because seat belts help secure you in place during crashes, reducing the chances of injury.
How do I celebrate National Seat Belt Day?
You can spend the day making sure that everyone around you knows the importance of wearing seat belts. You can do so by spreading awareness through a post on social media.
If you are a taxi driver or often share rides, ask the passengers to make sure they are always buckled up. You can pledge on National Seat Belt Day to always wear a seat belt.
Fun Facts About Seat Belts
The use of seat belts has increased immensely in the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 11% of vehicle passengers used seat belts in 1983. By 2010, the usage had increased to almost 85%!
Research by NHTSA suggested that someone who isn’t wearing a seatbelt is 30 times more likely to be ejected during a crash.
In 2016 alone, seat belts saved over 15,000 lives in America.
Many think modern seat belts to be useless as they allow you to move comfortably. Nevertheless, if the car changes direction or speed suddenly, these are designed to lock up instantly, thus preventing any movement.
Wearing a seatbelt reduces the chances of serious injury during a car accident by more than 50%.
The first law mandating seat belts in one of the states was introduced in 1968. In New York, people were required to wear seat belts by law after 1984. Now, all states have mandated seat belt use, particularly for drivers and front passengers.
Since 1975 seat belts have saved over 255,000 lives in the US or almost 35 lives per day.
Seat belts are now considered the most vital safety feature in vehicles, even more critical than airbags.
After Nils Bohlin’s death, Volvo conducted research suggesting his invention of seat belts had saved over a million lives worldwide.
In 2019, almost half of the young adults (ages 15-20) who died in car crashes weren’t wearing seat belts. Similarly, a study concluded that nearly 43% of high school students don’t wear seat belts most of the time.
Seat Belt Quotes
Man, wear your seat belts. That’s all I can tell everybody. You never know.
A lot of the people who keep a gun at home for safety are the same ones who refuse to wear a seat belt.
If someone does not have a mission’s heart at home, nothing magical happens when they buckle the seat belt on the airplane.
Oh, I never use a seat belt. I don’t believe in gravity.
I need a seatbelt on an airplane like a hole in the head.
Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly. And, of course, always wear a seatbelt.
How do you think it would feel to be obliged to ask for a seatbelt extender on an airplane? For the unfashionably bulgy, life is a series of small humiliations.
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
People, in general, are not interested in paying extra for increased safety. At the beginning, seat belts cost $200, and nobody bought them.
Muhammad Ali: Superman don’t need no seat belt.
Flight Attendant: Superman don’t need no airplane, either.
He’s too nervous to kill himself. He wears his seat belt in a drive-in movie.
I know someone who didn’t smoke yet got lung cancer, and a couple of people who wore their seat belts yet still died in a car crash. That doesn’t mean that I should take up smoking or stop wearing my seat belt.
We take our vitamins; we go to exercise class, we put on our seat belts. And then something blindsides us and gives the lie to our carefully constructed facade of safety.
It’s as if people used the invention of seat belts as an opportunity to take up drunk driving.
Seatbelts save lives. Buckle up every time!
Buckle up! It’s the law!
Doesn’t matter how far. Just belt up!
Safety is a full-time job – don’t make it a part-time practice.
It’s better to be safe than sorry!
It’s all about the belt.
Doesn’t matter how far; just belt up.
When you gamble with your seatbelt, you bet your life.
Don’t forget to wear a seat belt; it just isn’t worth it.
What’s holding you back.
They belong together.
Seatbelts are not as confining as a wheelchair.
Be alert: accidents hurt.
Cross your heart; not your fingers.
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