Whether you’re running late or just heading around the corner, it never pays to skip your seat belt. It doesn’t make sense to spend time and energy buckling up a box of pizza or a pet—both things you presumably love—when you don’t wear a seat belt yourself. If you have friends in the car with you, it’s important to encourage them to buckle up too.
2016 saw 10,428 lives lost in fatal motor vehicle crashes, simply because someone wasn’t wearing their seat belt. That’s a staggering figure, especially for an action that takes seconds and can save your live. Besides shielding you from possible injury or death, you’ll also potentially save yourself from a ticket. It’s a simple insurance policy.
What are the odds of surviving a hang-gliding accident? What about a venomous spider bite? NHTSA presents a series of videos comparing your odds of survival in various dangerous scenarios with the chances of surviving a car crash when you’re not wearing a seat belt. One video asks, “What ridiculous thing would you buckle up?” which puts the spotlight on the silly things we’ll protect instead of ourselves.
This all goes to say...just click it to avoid it a ticket. It could also save your life.