By Roger Mugisha
MANY motorists have relegated wearing their seatbelts while driving to learners and paranoid drivers. Thus, they put their lives at risk in case of a sudden problem or quick braking.
Police traffic reports indicate that 400,000 accidents happen every year and at least a quarter of them are a consequence of drivers ignoring to wear seatbelts
Seatbelts are proven lifesavers. You are four times likely to be killed in a car accident if you are not wearing a seatbelt.
The belts prevent you from being thrown onto the steering wheel, dashboard, or through the car window. The force of a collision at 30 m.p.h. is equal to falling headfirst from a three-story building to the ground. However, seatbelts are capable of absorbing that force. If you wear a seatbelt, you are likely to escape hurt or death because it secures you. You are also 25 times more likely to be killed if you are thrown out of the car in an accident.
According to WBS TV survey on the streets recently, some motorists say they fear to wear a seatbelt because it can trap them in case of an accident where a vehicle burns or gets submerged.