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The figures are familiar 40000 people die each year in car accidents the leading cause of death for people under the age of 35 Safety belts can prevent death in about half of these accidents If you know this and are still not wearing a safety belt you may need to ask yourself why not But first lets look at what happens when a car crashes Imagine running as fast as you can - into a wall Youd expect to get pretty banged up Do you think you could stop yourself if the wall suddenly loomed up when you were two feet away from it This is exactly the situation you face when the front of your car hits something at only 15 miles an hour The car stops in the first tenth of a second but you keep on at the same rate you were going in the car until something stops you - the steering wheel dashboard or windshield - if youre not wearing your safety belt Bad enough at 15 miles an hour but a 30 miles you hit the wall four times as hard as you would at 15 Or to put it another way with the same impact youd feel as if you fell three stories A properly worn safety belt keeps that second collision - the human collision - from happeningWear it right Properly worn means with both straps snugly fitted to transfer the impact of the collision to the parts of your body that can take it - your hipbones and shoulder bones With just the shoulder strap on you can still slide out from under it and be strangled while the lap belt alone doesnt keep your face from hitting the steering wheel Whats Your Reason For Not Wearing One Im only going to the shopping center Actually this is the best time to wear a safety belt since 80 of traffic fatalities occur within
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