Wednesday 29th October 2014
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Think campaign to promote seatbelts

We all know that we should wear seat belts, but how many of us out there actually adhere to these warnings and wear our seat belts? There are always adverts showcasing the horrors of not wearing your seatbelt. Think is a campaign started by the government to promote safe driving. This will inundate you with adverts and statistics making you wonder why sometime on very short car journeys you don't always wear a seat belt!

Think... Always wear seatbelts...

The website above has a section where you can simulate your own car crash. You select the type of vehicle, seating of passengers, the passengers, speed and the safety of the passengers. Once you have selected all the options, you will see a short clip and at the end you can hover over the passengers to find out what injuries each of the passengers sustained. This is very powerful and informative, as it really brings home the dangers for everyone in a car who doesn't wear a seatbelt.  The government is well aware of the risks of not wearing a seatbelt and to encourage people to do so they can fine non seating belt wearing motorists up to £500. Motorists can also be fined if the passengers within their car are not wearing their seatbelts. The government has found that 18 – 31 year olds are the worst culprits when it comes to not wearing their seatbelts.   They think they look more cool if they don't wear a  belt, maybe they just like the idea of non conformity.  It is just stupid and reckless. If they watch this video they may just think again. Though some of us are guilty of not wearing a belt if we are going on a short familiar journey.  Unfortunately, you never know when an accident could happen and it pays to be safe. Seatbelts significantly reduce the risk of fatal injuries upon impact. They can protect your vital organs more when you are travelling at speed so you are less likely to suffer long term injuries. Seatbelts protect you further when they are worn correctly. When watching the Think adverts its hard not to get the horrifying scenes out of your head, so you make sure you wear your belt when you're in the car. Here is a video showing the dreadful impact of driving without a seatbelt ....

This video is morbidly fascinating as she demonstrates that even with an airbag a driver isn't fully safe and seatbelts are a must!

Princess Diana's death

One of the most iconic figures of the 21st century was Princess Diana and she is one of the most famous people who have been killed because they didn't wear a seatbelt.   The British inquest into her death found that if she had been wearing a seatbelt she would probably have survived.  Anthony Read, the senior accident investigator said that he could  'almost guarantee' that if she had been wearing a belt she would have survived.  Tests on the crashed vehicle revealed that no one in the car was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.  Evidence also revealed that Diana and her companion Dodi Fayed were thrown into the back of the front seats by the force of the impact.  Had Diana worn a seatbelt the damage to her chest would not have been as severe and she probably wouldn't have gone into cardiac arrest, leaving a nation and two young boys bereft. There is virtually no reasonable explanation for a person not wearing their seatbelt, so why do people still insist on not wearing their belts?  As the car crash simulator demonstrates back seat passengers wearing seatbelts protect not only themselves but also the front seat people.  Anyone in the backseat not wearing a belt can fly forwards and hit the passenger or driver in front.  This can inflict terrible damage on the people in front and can even be fatal.  Seatbelts are the best safety mechanism for drivers and passengers alike.... So the next time you are in a car, think... wear your seatbelt.