Seat Belt Use
One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. Seat belts save lives, and the national use rate for 2020 was at 90.3%. Understand the potentially fatal consequences of not wearing a seat belt and learn what you can do to make sure you and your family are properly buckled up every time.
•Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
•Improperly wearing a seat belt, such as putting the strap below your arm, puts you and you at risk of a crash.
•Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them.
•Fit matters. A properly fitted shoulder belt should lie snugly across the center of the chest and shoulder, not on the neck or face or falling off the shoulder. The lap belt should lie snugly across the upper thighs or low on the hips, not the belly.