In the US more than 40,000 people die in road accidents every year. Although the factors and causes of these accidents vary, the most important thing you can do as a driver or passenger is to use your seatbelt. By using your seatbelt you could reduce the probability of dying in a crash by 45 percent. Seat belts are the most effective way to reduce the risk of death or injury following a car accident (California Department of Public Health).

If seat belts are so effective, why aren’t they used by all drivers? Answers will vary. Some consider them “uncomfortable” and other drivers say they do not need them when “only driving a short distance.” Regardless of the type of excuse, seat belts can save lives and must be worn at all times. Here are some facts and truths about seat belts debunking common myths adopted by society.

The Truth About Seat Belts: Common Myths and Excuses

Myth # 1: Wearing your seatbelt is inconvenient and uncomfortable

Truth: If you think the seatbelt bothers you, then you can reset it. Seat belts are designed to be adjustable products and there are many products available that can be attached to the belt for comfort.

Myth # 2: Seat belts are not necessary when you have air bags

Truth: The airbags provide protection in a crash, but do not replace the use of seat belts. Maybe your vehicle is equipped with only front airbags, which means you are only protected against frontal collisions. Seatbelts keeps drivers and passengers in place during the overturns and collisions from any angle.

Myth # 3: Safety belts may cause injuries in a car accident

Truth: If the seat belt is used properly, injuries should be minimal. The types of injuries that might suffer a seatbelt are only superficial. Depending on the accident, the belt minimizes the severity of your injury.

Myth # 4: Safety belts cause your vehicle to get caught in underwater or in a fire

Truth: In case you’re in an accident in which your vehicle is on fire, or underwater, the seat belt can protect you from getting unconscious upon impact. In turn, this can give you time to escape the vehicle.

Myth # 5: Safety belts are not required when driving a short distance

Truth: Safety belts must be worn at all times, even when you’re driving short distances. The reality is that 75 percent of accidents occur within 25 miles of home.

What to Do After an Auto Accident?

Still practice proper safety standards, the impact of a car crash could cause you serious damage. Besides injuries, medical expenses and lost off work, while an accident complicates not only your life but also that of your family.