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Seat BeltAlthough seat belts have saved countless lives since their introduction in the 1950s, people continue to drive without them. There are a number of seat belt myths that drivers use to support their decision for not buckling up. Here are five of the most common ones.
  1. Seat Belts Will Cause an Injury in a Crash
    Injuries that may occur when a seat belt is worn properly are usually bruises to the skin. The injuries that happen when not using them can maim or kill. Getting thrown out of a car, going through a window or tumbling about inside the car during a rollover will cause injuries of far greater severity.
  2. You are Better off Getting Thrown Clear of the Car
    Getting thrown clear of a car without striking anything on the way out and landing on a convenient safety net or in deep soft snow doesn't happen in the real world. Getting propelled through a door window and getting crushed by your car or another item is the more likely outcome. Your car provides better protection against the violence of a crash, provided your seat belt is holding you in place.
  3. Airbags are Good Enough
    Airbags are designed to be used with seat belts. Without a seat belt, you can slide underneath an airbag. The interactions of an unbuckled person with an airbag can sometimes be deadly. Airbags will be of no help in a car rollover.
  4. Seat Belts Will Trap You When Your Car is on Fire or Underwater
    The violence of the accident can leave you severely injured and/or unconscious when you don't wear a seat belt. In those circumstances, you won't be able to exit the car. Leaving the car quickly with a broken leg, arm, neck or when unconscious, is not likely. Seat belts improve the odds of leaving you in a condition where you can get out of the car.
  5. Seat Belts Aren't Necessary for Short Trips at Slow Speeds
    Most accidents happen within 25 miles of home. This statistic includes most crash fatalities as well. Often the speeds are less than 40 miles per hour. Even if you are driving at 30 miles per hour, a head on collision with a car traveling at 40 miles per hour means a combined speed of 70 miles per hour.
Ignore the myths; listen to the facts and wear your seat belt. You and your loved ones may be glad you did someday.

The right coverage helps keep you safe on the road. Call TCU Insurance Agency at (800) 772-8043 for more information on Indiana auto insurance.
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