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The top five things to know about buckling up:

Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.

From 2004 to 2008, seat belts saved more than 75,000 lives—enough people to fill a large sports arena. If you are completely thrown from a vehicle during a crash, it is almost always fatal. If you do survive, it’s gonna hurt. Buckling up keeps you safe and secure inside your vehicle and can save your life—and your face. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, drowsy and distracted drivers.

Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them.

Did you know that air bags open at a rate of 60 mph? If you are thrown directly into a rapidly opening air bag without any restraining help from your seat belt, the force could injure or even kill you. Seat belts are designed to work together with air bags—the seat belt secures the occupant and the air bag lessens the crash impact. Visit for more information on air bag safety.

Know how to buckle up properly.

The lap belt and shoulder belt are secured across the hip bones, across the chest and positioned at mid shoulder; these bones are more equipped to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body. Wearing BOTH your lap and shoulder belt is the best line of defense.
  • The head restraint should lie somewhere between the top of your ears and the top of your head.
  • Place the shoulder belt across your shoulder bone, down the middle of your chest and away from your neck.
  • Adjust the lap belt across your hips below your stomach.
  • NEVER put the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm.

Fit matters.

  • Before you buy a new car, check to see that its seat belts are a good fit for you.
  • If you’re short, ask your dealer about seat belt adjusters, which can help you get the best fit.
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  • If you need a roomier belt, contact your vehicle manufacturer to obtain a seat belt extender.
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  • If you drive an older or classic car with no seat belts or lap belts only, check with your vehicle manufacturer about how to update your car with today’s safer lap/shoulder belts.

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Air Bag Instructions

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), frontal air bags have saved 25,782 lives between 1987 and 2008. However, these are supplemental safety devices and motorists should always wear a seat belt. In addition, children under 13 should ride properly protected in the back seat, as the back seat is the safest for children. If you have an air bag ON-OFF switch, check its position every time you enter your vehicle. One survey shows that 48 percent of these ON-OFF switches were incorrectly left ON for child passengers under age 13. For information on airbag safety, visit the website.

Head Restraints

Like the seat belt, head restraints are a critical part of your vehicle's safety equipment. Correct positioning of your head restraint can protect you and your passengers from whiplash injuries, a broken neck and death.

  • To minimize neck injury, NHTSA suggests placing the head restraint at a height where the center of your head is in-line with the center of the head restraint.
  • The distance from the back of the head to the restraint should be as small as possible, preferably less than four inches, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
  • If the head restraint can be horizontal adjusted, it should be placed so that it's as close to your head as possible, without pushing your head forward or causing the height of the restraint to drop.
  • The position of your seatback is also important—less is better when it comes to reclining. A more upright seatback means that the head restraint will likely be in a safer position—one that's closer to your head.


  • Seat belts are the single most effect traffic safety device for preventing death and injury. In fact, in 2013, unbuckle crash occupants were 34 times more likely to die in a crash than restrained occupants, an estimated 72 lives were saved because of restraint use, and an estimated 37 additional lives would have been saved if everyone had been wearing seat belts.

  • Wearing a seat belt also helps the driver stay in the driver seat and helps maintain control of the vehicle.

  • In a crash, unbuckled passengers can become a projectile and increase the risk of hurting or killing others in the car by 40%.

  • Over the last five years, almost half of all people (45%) who died on Utah's roads weren't buckled. (excludes pedestrian, bicycle, bus occupant and motorcycle fatalities)

  • 3 out of 4 people who are ejected during a crash die from their injuries.

  • When the driver is unbuckled, 76% of children also ride unbuckled. When the driver is belted, 87% of children also ride with a seat belt. Be an example and buckle up.

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