Thanksgiving may finally begin to feel more like normal this year, as compared to recent years when Covid-19 and quarantine has been a factor. With vaccines and immunity building, more people are feeling comfortable to get back to a normal life. Part of that normalcy will likely mean an increase in travel and Georgia roadway traffic. And as always, an increase in traffic levels can lead to an increase in car accidents from distracted driving. Don’t let your safety take the back seat while you’re headed to see family.
Traveling over the Thanksgiving holidays? Here’s how seatbelts can help keep you safe.
- In 2020 over 90% of all Americans buckled up for safety. This seat belt use saved an estimated 14,995 lives alone.
- In 2019 22,215 passenger vehicle occupants were killed due to auto accidents.
Things to know about buckling up
- Wearing a seatbelt is the most effective safety measure you can take to help protect yourself in a car crash. It helps keep you secure inside your vehicle, and decreases the risk of being ejected in the event of a crash.
- Air bags are specifically designed to work with seat belts. Without a seat belt, the force of an auto accident could lead to injuries caused by your vehicle’s air bags.
- Fit matters. When searching at a new car make sure the seat belts are a good fit for you.
- If you’re pregnant make sure your lap strap is placed on top of your pelvis, under your belly, to ensure safety for yourself and your baby.
- Using seat belts correctly in partnership with child safety seats is incredibly important to keeping young passengers safe.
It’s the law – in the state of Georgia, wearing a seat belt while in a vehicle is not only recommended, but is required by law.
While traffic laws can vary by state, seatbelt usage should not be something you alter when traveling across state lines. Seatbelts are always a good idea. Visit GHSA.org for more information and helpful resources.