PLEASE USE THAT SEAT BELT!

Picture of our car involved in the accident

I just survived a car accident today 19th October, 2016 at exactly 12:49pm. The incident involved a “danfo” bus whose brake had failed on a top speed. The story goes thus; the bus was running on a top speed but unfortunately the brake had failed so in order for the driver to reduce causalities he quickly manoeuvred his vehicle so he collided with a Nissan car right in front of it. However, the Nissan car was at the back of our jeep so due to the serious impact by the bus, it simultaneously collided with our honda jeep. Within a split second, the only thing that was on my mind is that the entire world was in chaos, before i could come back to my senses i realize i am still alive and i also observed that the driver was unhurt, i felt a sense of relief. Just like the picture has illustrated above, the entire boot was damaged, the back windshield destroyed. It was unbelievable! Our saving grace was God Almighty and also the seat belts.

Picture of the danfo bus

The purpose of this article is not about the “danfo” buses we all know they are bunch of headache to Lagosians but for now they are “necessary evil”. If you really want to know how crazy these buses can be please read.

picture from google

However, my focus for this article is to look at the importance of using a seat belt.

Here are some reasons as highlighted by https://www.cardealpage.com on way seat belt is important:

  1. Wearing a seat belt is a traffic regulation in every part of the world. Road authorities are very strict upon riders wearing seat belts. If you are caught not wearing a seat belt or wearing it in a negligent manner then you could be pulled over to the sides and will have to pay hefty fines. You will definitely not want this extra expense and embarrassment.
  2. When you brake all of a sudden, if you are not wearing a seat belt, your face is bound to hit against the windshield. The seat belt stops this inertia. If your car is going at 60 MPH, your face will be saved from the impact. The windshield may fall apart but you will remain safe and seated.
  3. The seat belt when worn in proper order in your normal driving posture, keeps you seated no matter how hard the impact is. There are many accidents where the driver is thrown out of the car and this can be deadly. When you remain seated, the injuries are a bare minimum.
  4. The seat belt holds you snuggly, not giving you enough room to move. The seat belts have a special mechanism whereby it gets locked upon sudden ad strong impact. So, you will not bang against other parts within the car such as steering wheel, doors or the seat in front of you (for the other riders). The gravity will ask you to bang against these objects, but the seat belt disobeys this rule of gravity.
  5. At times you will take your entire family or friends along with you for a ride. If there are many passengers in the back or front seats, then there is a chance of banging into each other when there is a sudden stop in inertia. Banging heads or other parts may cause serious injuries for the fellow riders. But the seat belts protect everyone from such a predicament.
  6. Airbags are an added security feature in all the modern cars. They are released when there is a collision and protect the driver from banging hard against the steering wheel. But if you do not wear the seat belt than the effectiveness of air bags is minimized. This means, when not wearing a seat belt you will not be in the perfect driving posture required. Drivers not wearing seat belts are also thrown out of the car on impact and may bang against other parts or fellow riders causing severe injuries.
  7. Seat belts protect the pregnant women. When you are driving along with your unborn child always wear the seat belt low and right against the abdomen. Upon a crash it drops down and Some skeptics opine that wearing seat belts could prove deadly when a car catches fire or is submerged. But if you remain alert then you may get out of such situations unhurt, even after wearing a seat belt. Statistics suggest that less than 1% of total accidents caused annually result in submersion or fire.
  8. Holds you tight to the spot.

If you are not wearing the seat belt yet, start wearing them today.

Reference

https://www.cardealpage.com/column79.html: Why Wearing a Seat belt is Necessary while Driving