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6 Seatbelt Myths for Truck Drivers

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It’s a fact: seatbelts save lives. A 2004 study completed by National Highway Safety Administration found that almost half of the Commercial Motor Vehicle drivers that died in an accident were not wearing their seatbelt. The study also found that a driver is 80% more likely to survive a roll-over accident if he or she is wearing a seatbelt. In addition, a driver that is thrown from the vehicle is four times more likely to be fatally injured than someone who is kept with the vehicle.

seatbelt-truck-drivers-rollover-dangerLast week, we hung seatbelts and seatbelt statistics from ceiling tiles in our terminals. We want all of our drivers to wear seat belts for every second of every drive. Our hope is that these messages will help remind drivers that the risk of not wearing a seatbelt just isn’t worth it.

So, why do some drivers still insist on not wearing their seatbelt? Here are 6 myths about seatbelts based on what drivers consider when they don’t wear their seat belt.

I don’t have time.

“I’m in and out of the truck multiple times a day.” Buckling up takes up too much time. The truth is that it only takes about three seconds to buckle up, and even less time to unbuckle. So even if you enter and exit the truck 20 times a day, that only adds up to less than two minutes a day.

I won’t crash.

“I’m a good driver, so I don’t need a seatbelt.” You may indeed be a good driver, but that won’t necessarily keep other drivers from running into you.

I’ll be trapped after a crash.

“A seatbelt will keep me trapped in the vehicle if there is a fire or it becomes submerged.” Fire and submersion only happen in about 5% of the accidents. And if you wear you seatbelt you are much more likely to be conscious and able to escape the vehicle than someone who is not wearing their seatbelt.

I’ll just brace myself.

“I’m strong, and have good reflexes, so I’ll just brace myself.” Things happen very rapidly in an accident, so it’s doubtful you’ll be able to react fast enough to brace yourself. But even if you did, the forces exerted during an accident would still cause severe damage to your arms and legs. Seatbelts are designed to take the force of an accident and distribute it over parts of your body that can handle it – the hips and shoulders.

It’s uncomfortable.

Once adjusted correctly, most drivers find that discomfort can be alleviated, and that they’re quite comfortable.

But I have airbags.

“My vehicle is equipped with an airbag, so I don’t need to wear a seatbelt.” While airbags help increase the effectiveness of seatbelts, they cannot replace them. Airbags cannot keep you secure in the seat like a seatbelt can.

Probably the most important reason to wear a seatbelt is those who are waiting for you at home. You never know what you will encounter on the road, and wearing your seatbelt will help ensure that you make it home to those that depend on you.

Buckle up!

Posted by intd on February 17, 2016 |