AARP Driving Resource Center

Safety Belts or Seat Belts? It Doesn’t Matter, Just Always Wear Them!

Two steps to more effective injury prevention

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), properly worn seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45 percent.

See also: Airbag Tips: 4 Things You Need to Know

Wear your seat belt at all times, even during short trips. The seat belt must be used with an air bag system to restrain the person until the air bag inflates.

Follow these steps to ensure the seat belt is in the proper position:

  1. Check to make sure your belt fits snugly across your body. A seat belt that is too loose is not as effective at preventing injury.
  2. Never place the shoulder belt part behind your back or under your arm. Doing this can actually cause injuries. The lower lap part of the seat belt should be placed low and across the hip bones (not across the abdomen).

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

driver safety connect