Getting from A to B safely means we consider a wide variety of strategies. High on the list must be to just not taking unnecessary risks and, of course, wearing a seatbelt.
Think about the physics, if the car is moving at speed and you’re in it, then when the car stops suddenly your body will always just keep on moving, which means that your soft body will collide with whatever hard object is next in line.
That could be the dash, the windscreen, or someone else in the car. That’s why we wear seatbelts, and the fact is that doing so reduces the risk of death in a crash by 45 percent.
Many people seem to think that these physics laws apply only to people in the front seat. In a recent survey, 70 percent said not wearing a seatbelt in the front seat as unacceptable, while only 59 percent said the same of the back seat.
Perhaps they think passengers are protected by the front seat? Seventy-five percent said not strapping a child in is unacceptable. All in all, much room for improvement there.
This back seat nonsense is definitely a place where we can all make a change.