Brain on Board

Your brain is your vehicles most important safety feature.

Brain on Board

Your brain is your vehicles most important safety feature.

Seatbelts

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It’s a blistering summer day and the inside of the car feels like an oven. The sensation of the hot seatbelt against your skin is unpleasant, so you decide to leave it unbuckled. You are driving at 40km/h on a seldom-used road when a deer suddenly darts out in front of you. A collision is unavoidable and you hit the animal head-on. The force of the impact launches your un-belted body forward into the steering column and toward the windshield.

Seatbelts are an extremely important vehicle safety feature. Although they may seem simple, seatbelts continue to be the single most effective tool to prevent against serious injury and ejection from a vehicle in the event of a crash.

References

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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (IIHS) (2012). About your airbags. Brochure. Web link http://www.iihs.org/brochures/pdf/about_airbags_ english.pdf.

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National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) (2009). Lives Saved Calculations for Seat Belts and Frontal Airbags. U.S. Department of Transportation. DOT HS 811 206.

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