Montana Department of Transportation

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.

Rollover animations
Rollover crashes explained

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Saved by the belt

Don't take our word for it, listen to people who survived a crash because they buckled up.

Joshua Barrows, Nathan Ratley, Kaci Garcia DaSilva, & Jason Harris
Alisha Birdwell
Matthew Buchanan
Danielle Deschenes
Michaela Driscoll
Greg Gardner
The Guasp Family
Jennifer & Hannah
The Killoy Family
The LaForge Family
Robert Ragland/Gregg Perkins
The Rice Family | video
Ashley Schwarz
Three Forks Teens
Doreen Trusler
Taryn Ververis & Sierra Bruning
Bernard & Claudia Wevers

Saved by the Belt Award Program
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