Even with all the public service announcements, and warnings, there are still far too many fatalities that could have been prevented by wearing a seat belt. Seat belts have been shown to save lives in many cases. Most people have gotten the message that it’s a better idea to buckle up, but there are still many who don’t buckle up.
The word is getting through about the need to wear a seatbelt, but there are those who believe that it only applies to the people in the front seat. A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has revealed that people who don’t buckle up when riding in the rear seat because they think it’s safer back there are simply wrong. The truth is, when you’re in the back seat and you don’t buckle up you are not only putting yourself in danger but also the people in front of you.
Drivers are more than two times as likely to be killed in a crash if the occupant behind them is not wearing a seat belt. Still despite these statistics, it has been shown that seat belt use in the rear seats has consistently been lower than in the front seat for the last decade.
So why do people buckle up less when riding in the back seat?
Well to find the answer to that question the Insurance Institute conducted a phone survey. Interviews were conducted on 1172 people who had been rear seat passengers in the past six months. 91 percent of those people said that they buckle up when riding in the front seat, while 72 percent said they buckled up while riding in the back seat. The number one reason given for not wearing a belt in the back seat was that it is safer.
It may seem safer in the back seat but in fact, if you don’t buckle up and there is an impact, you become a flying object. So, the next time you’re a passenger in a moving car, just buckle up no matter where you’re sitting. Better safe than sorry.