Using your seat-belt shouldn't pose problems to drivers and passengers alike. However, opposite is the case in Nigeria, as seat-belts are looked down upon.
The following reasons are proofs showing why they should be embraced.
Seat-belts are made to only be used once. After every accident, no matter how insignificant it was, request for it to be changed.
Airbags work best if you wear your seat-belt. Airbags only provide back up protection in crashes. Motorists have been known to slide under the airbags if they do not have their seat-belts in place.
For every 1% increase in the seat belt-wearing rate, 100 lives can be saved. When correctly used, seat-belts reduce the risk of death in a crash by 61%.
Unrestrained rear-seat passengers often kill front-seat occupants who are restrained in event of an accident. This is due to the fact that unrestrained passengers are often flung forward or sideward on impact.
Child restraints, although not mandatory, save hundreds of young lives every year. Mandatory use of child restraint seat-belts can reduce child deaths by 35%.
So remember to keep your seat-belts in place the moment you enter your car.
Have a safe week ahead!