31 Aug Enjoying The Ride: When and How to Wear a Seatbelt Properly
“It’s not the destination, it’s the journey that matters” has never been truer than when it comes to car safety. Seatbelts are designed to keep your body in place and reduce the harmful impact of a collision. To optimize the safety benefits of seatbelts, it’s important to understand when and how to wear them properly.
Securing Yourself and Your Passengers
According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the most effective way to wear a seatbelt is to have the lower strap against your lower hips, and the shoulder strap across your chest. You are also responsible for making sure your child is properly secured and strapped in a vehicle, including use of the applicable child car safety seats. At 16 years of age and older, you are responsible for securing yourself in a vehicle, and can face fines for not wearing a seatbelt.
Are There any Exceptions to Wearing Seatbelts?
There are a few, but not many. If a job requires you to be in and out of a vehicle frequently while on the road, certain rule exemptions may exist. This mainly applies to medical personal, first responders, and mail couriers. Buses and large commercial vehicles may also be exempt.
Everyone else may face fines if caught not wearing a seatbelt, in addition to an increased risk of injury. If you are pregnant, you are still required to wear a seatbelt. If you are using a taxi, you are also required to wear a seatbelt, as well as provide child seats if traveling with children. Uber recommends that you follow the local laws when using their services.
Checking for Injuries
Seatbelts are meant to reduce the risk of severe injuries during a car collision. They may not be able to prevent all injuries, such as a heavy impact blow to the head. If you have been involved in a car accident, head injuries such as a concussion, may not be immediately visible or noticeable. A personal injury lawyer can help you identify the full extent of any injuries you may have suffered, and any losses you have incurred as a result, following an accident.
Enjoy the Ride
A good tip to remember is, before you start your engine, always make sure you have working seatbelts for every passenger in your vehicle. This offers a greater chance of both you and your passengers enjoying the journey, as well as reaching your destination as safely as possible.
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