Q: I drive a big car to be safe. With all that metal, and being a good driver, why do I need to buckle up?
A: Think that big car will save you?
Regardless of your vehicle size, if you don't buckle up, you may not survive.
Anything that isn't fastened in your car continues to travel at the same speed the car is going when it crashes. Unbuckled, your injuries in a 30 mph crash would be like falling off a three story building.
Think of yourself as an egg in a can. It doesn't matter if it's a big can or a small can; if the egg isn't fastened, when the can crashes, the egg is going to crack.
Your seatbelt keeps you in the car. If you are ejected, you will probably die. If going through the windshield doesn't kill you, hitting the road or getting run over by your own car or other traffic will.
Want to see a video demonstration?
Visit the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition's website at www.lchic.org. and click on Safe Communities under Task Forces to view the "egg in the car" 30 second video, or view the 60 second version "The Game of Your Life" on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f_gAp69qBc.
Research shows that seatbelts are even more effective in preventing injuries and fatalities to older than to younger occupants.
Fragility increases with age, so the same force produces more serious injuries in a crash to a 70 year old than to a 20 year old. Also, injuries take longer to heal with an older person.
So, are you an unsafe driver?
You are if you take chances with your safety or the safety of your passengers.
Seatbelts save lives - wear them correctly, wear them always, and insist everyone is buckled up every time, and you increase the chances of surviving a crash by more than 60 percent.
"Sadie Says ..." is brought to you by the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition's Safe Communities Task Force, whose members include AAA North Penn, AARP, Area Agency on Aging and regional transportation and highway safety advocates.