Even though that him seat belt of three anchor points has been with us for more than six decades, still thousands of drivers and passengers do not use it during the journeys or do not know how to fasten it and what to avoid so that its use is really effective.
Thus, the DGT brings us six essential rules.
Not twisted, not above the abdomen
Despite the fact that in today’s vehicles we are surrounded by a high-strength steel cabin, numerous airbags, meticulously designed crumple zones and sophisticated active safety systems, the three-point seat belt remains the first line of defense facing the extreme forces of a collision.
Fastening it correctly is the most effective way to avoid dying in a sinister vial. Here are the six golden rules:
- Diagonal band. The diagonal band must pass through the center of the clavicle (between the shoulder and the neck) and the horizontal band below the abdomen.
- It should not be twisted. Once fastened we must check that it is not hooked or rolled in any part of its route. If it is twisted, it will hold the weight of the body worse, and if it is close to the neck, it can cause cuts or burns in the event of an accident. Under the arm causes an uncontrolled displacement of the upper body.
- No gaps. Once the bands are in place, it is recommended that they be pulled slightly up the diagonal to avoid slack.
- Be careful with the coats. Clips or clothing that is too bulky, such as coats, should not be used. Also, do not put anything under the belt, such as cushions or pillows, in order to be more comfortable.
- Seat position. The position of the seat must be taken into account. Almost at a right angle, never too steep, since this position favors the appearance of the underwater effect makes it easier for the belt to strangle in the event of an accident. And of course never place your feet on the dashboard if you don’t want to end like this.
- What happens after an accident. Change the belt when you suffer a blow, because the braiding of the same will have lost its effectiveness and there may even be breaks in the anchoring systems.
According to data from Volvo, since 1959, the three-point seat belt has saved the lives of more than a million people. In fact, wearing a seatbelt in the front seats of a vehicle is estimated to reduce the likelihood of fatal injuries by approximately 50%
Belt use in pregnant women
In the first months of pregnancy the The amount of amniotic fluid is scarce, so the fetus is less protected. If you suffer a frontal blow, it is easier for the uterus to hemorrhage due to detachment of the placenta, which causes the fetus not to get enough oxygen.
Correct use of the seat belt reduces the risk of death and injury to the expectant mother and the fetus. In this way, according to the RACE, the norm establishes that it must be located between the breasts and as low as possible on the hips:
- The horizontal band The belt should be placed below the abdomen ensuring that it is snug against the hip bones and does not rise towards the belly.
- The diagonal band It should be snug over the shoulder and sternum, without rubbing the neck or resting on the breasts.
- It is important that both bands are okay tight to the body without slack. The use of tweezers, cushions or any other type of fillers is totally discouraged.
You can also use the approved products that are available in the market for pregnant women, such as belt travel adapters or special vests that help keep the bands in their correct position.