Some people believe because their car is equipped with air bags that the air bags offer full protection and they don’t need to wear seat belts. Nothing could be further from the truth. There's no debate among the experts on this one. Your seat belt is your strongest ally in a collision. Airbags are meant to supplement seat belts not replace them. The purpose of an air bag is to cushion occupants during a crash and provide protection to their bodies.
What’s the big deal if I only have to make a quick trip to the store around the corner from home? I don’t need to wear my seatbelt. I will be back in a flash. Or maybe not. New Zealand researchers found half of all injury-causing crashes occurred within seven kilometers (4 miles) to home.1 Make sure the first thing you do when you get in the car is buckle up.
Okay, but I’m a passenger in the rear seat, I don’t need to wear a seat belt; it’s safer back here, right? Actually, when a car crashes with a passenger in the back seat who isn't using a seat belt, that passenger can slam into the driver's seat, pushing the driver into the airbag and steering wheel with a 35 mile per hour impact, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. So no matter where you are in the car, buckle up.
Wearing your seat belt correctly will help protect you and your baby from injury so wear your seat belt throughout your pregnancy. The article, Car safety during pregnancy from babycenter.com provides information on how to properly wear and adjust your seat belt during pregnancy, as well as additional information on car safety and pregnancy.
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