Road Safety Starts At Home
While we cannot be responsible for the action of other road users, there are measures we can take to protect us and our loved ones.
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belt can save a life in a car accident. According to the US National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), lap-shoulder belt systems
reduce the risk of fatality and serious injury by 50 percent when used
by driver and passengers. The three-point
safety-belt restraint, which includes a combination of lap belt and
shoulder-to-hip belt, protects the internal organs in a crash as it
controls the forward motion of the body and the accompanying rotation of
the pelvis. It also minimizes head contacts and excessive neck motion, preventing head and neck injuries. When crashes occur, unrestrained drivers are thrown against their steering wheels or ejected from their cars, while unbelted passengers hit the dashboard or go through the windshield. People who are ejected
in crashes are 25 times more likely to be killed than those who remain within the vehicle.
|BACK SEATS: Seat belts are absolutely necessary for rear bench passengers as they aren’t that safe either.|
forward-facing child safety seats. The seat should be placed in the rear
of the vehicle until the child reaches the upper weight or height limit
of the particular seat. Typically, a child will outgrow a safety seat
around age 4 and once she reaches about 20 kilograms. Children age 4 and older should ride in
booster seats. A child can safely progress to a seat belt when the belt
fits properly across the upper thighs and chest. “This is usually at age
8 or when they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall,” says the American Academy of Pediatrics. When children outgrow their booster seats, they can use seat belts, but
they still should sit in the back of the vehicle. Really, all children
should be riding in the backseat of the car until they are at least 13
years old! Unfortunately, there is no law pertaining to the use of child restraints and booster seats in India. Even if it exist, we will easily defy it. Such a mentality must change.
|YUMMY MUMMY rather than DUMMY MUMMY|
It is also wrongly advised that pregnant women must avoid wearing seat belts. One must wear it properly to reduce the pressure that is exerted on one’s belly and baby, in case the brakes are applied suddenly. Experts recommend that the shoulder portion of the belt should sit over one’s collarbone; it should be placed between her breasts and then move
lower to the side of her belly. The lap portion of the seat belt should be worn below her belly and as
low as possible on hips and across her upper thighs. Never place
the lap portion above one’s abdomen.