Buckle Up: How Seat Belts Work
It's so simple. It's so easy.
The basic idea is simple: seatbelts keep you from flying through the windshield or hurtling toward the dashboard when your car comes to an abrupt stop, but there's more.
Seat belts save over 13,000 lives every year. One of them could be yours...
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In addition to keeping occupants from flying around the vehicle or through the windshield, seat belts perform another important function. If you're the driver, your seat belt will help you to stay in your seat where you have a better chance of maintaining or regaining control of your vehicle.
Seat belts in rollovers
Rollovers are dangerous incidents that have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes. The chance you will sustain a fatal injury in a rollover is many times higher if you are ejected, and that's where seat belts can make a difference. While vehicles are designed to absorb the energy from rollover impacts, they offer little protection if seat belts are not used, allowing occupants to be ejected.
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