Killing seat belts

Buckle up: you should know that

Many drivers still do not buckle up - despite compulsory seat belts. With dire consequences in an accident. We clear up the biggest myths about buckling up and tell you what to keep in mind.

Seat belt is the number one lifesaver

In the event of an accident, the seat belt is a rescueHuman life. Even at 30 km / h it becomes really dangerous when unbuckled. An impact at this speed has consequences similar to a fall from a height of four meters. If the driver or front passenger are not wearing seat belts at 64 km / h, the crash will lead to itself with the airbaglife-threatening injuries to the head or chest, the legs can be smashed.

That also showed aADAC test: In our crash test, an Opel Astra (built from 2004 to 2010) hit a deformable barrier at 64 km / h, the dummies were not buckled up. The airbags triggered, but could not protect the front occupants.How dramatic the consequences were, shows the video of the accident simulation:

  • Knees and thighs hit the dashboard and steering column

  • Occupants puncture the airbag with their chest and head

  • The casualties collide with the windscreen and headliner

  • After the vehicle crashes, the occupants fling back uncontrollably and bump their heads together

  • After the crash, the driver's legs are almost folded up in the footwell, the knees bend the dashboard, and the feet are bent under the pedals

Seat belt reminder: more safety for passengers

The seat belt wearing rate for adult car occupants reached a new high of 99 percent in 2018. An extremely positive development. Because an evaluation of the accident database (UDB) of the accident research of the insurers shows:The number of accidental deaths, who weren't buckled up, at 28 percent is well above average. Surveys from ADAC accident research (see graphic) also show that the front seat passengers were significantly less likely to wear their seat belts than the driver and front passenger.

Seat belt reminder, which asks every occupant to wear a seat belt when they are leaving by means of an optical and acoustic warning signal, could further increase the seat belt rate.In fact, since Jan.. September 2019 will be installed in series on all seats in new car types. It provides for a regulation of the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). However, they have not yet been included in the General Safety Regulation, an EU regulation that gives this project legal force.

Not wearing a seat belt: these are the excuses

According to an online survey commissioned by insurers' accident research in 2017/2018, most drivers are not wearing seat belts because they are of the opinionthat it is not worth it for them on short journeys. A fatal mistake, as our crash test and the figures from accident research show. The reasoning landed in second place: "I was in a hurry."With the co-drivers it dominates"To forget". After all, ten percent say:"Belt is uncomfortable or does not fit well."

Put on a seat belt: you should pay attention to this

If the belt is not put on properly, it loses its protective effectParticularly at risk are children who are sitting on the seat of an adult and who have been secured with a three-point belt. In an accident, they can be so severely crushed that they die from it.You have to pay attention to this when wearing your seatbelt:

  • Never buckle up in pairs: This applies to sitting next to each other as well as to sitting on another passenger's lap

  • Do not pass the belt under the armpit. That may be more convenient because then the belt won't scratch your neck - but it is life-threatening in an accident

  • Always untangle a twisted belt

  • Never repair or sew worn areas or tears in the belt yourself

  • Tighten the belts again and again

  • Adjust the headrest correctly (top edge of headrest is the same as the top edge of the head)

  • Do not drive off until all occupants are buckled up

  • Regularly check children in particular

  • It is essential to take off a thick winter jacket or coat before buckling up. This is especially important with children!

Buckle up: The Biggest Myths

Is it true, that …

1. ... men fasten their seat belts more often than women?
No. According to our statistical analysis from the ADAC accident database (see graphic)women buckle up more often. This data is based on 364 patients from ADAC Luftrettung gGmbH who were cared for due to serious traffic accidents.

2. ... young drivers use their seat belts less often than older drivers?
Yes, that's what our accident research statistics say. This data is based on 363 patients from ADAC Luftrettung gGmbH who were cared for due to serious traffic accidents. Young inmates harness their seat belts less often than in other age groups.


Do I have to buckle up when I am abroad?

Seat belts are now compulsory in most countries around the world. Special regulations often apply to children. We therefore recommend all holidaymakersTo inquire about the exact regulations of the country of travel before departure. By the way: If you are traveling abroad with a rental car, you should check that the seat belts are working properly before you start your journey.

Do I have to buckle up in the taxi?

Taxi passengers have to buckle up. The driver must take care of his passenger in this regard. If a passenger refuses to buckle up, there is no obligation to carry and the taxi driver can refuse to start the journey. Seat belts have also been mandatory for taxi drivers since October 30, 2014.

Is seat belt compulsory on the bus?

Mandatory seat belts must be worn.Who does not meet the security obligation, acts improperly and has to pay 30 euros. The bus driver must inform the passengers of the existing seat belt obligation before starting the journey. The same applies to buses and coaches that are built for use in local transport as well as for standing passengers. You do not need to be equipped with seat belts.

Buckle up: These are the exceptions

In fact, there are exceptions to the seat belt requirement, but only under strict conditionsIf you want to be exempted from wearing seat belts for health reasons, you have to get a seat beltApplication to the driving license authority put. In addition, there is amedical certificatenecessary. It must prove that the applicant must be exempted from wearing seat belts because of an illness and whether this illness is temporary or permanent. An exception to the seat belt requirement can also be made for people who are less than 150 cm tall (proof of identity card).

Should the problems go throughappropriate measures, about oneHarness belt, can be eliminated, these solutions should be given priority. Please note that in the case of illnesses that justify exemption from the obligation to wear seat belts, the applicant's fitness to drive can also be checked in case of doubt.

Do not have to wear seat belts:

  • People in door-to-door traffic if they regularly have to leave their vehicle in the respective service or delivery district. This includes parcel deliverers

  • Walking at walking pace like reversing, driving in parking lots

  • Trips in buses and coachesthat are permitted to carry standing passengers

  • The Operating staff in buses and the staff accompanying groups of people in particular need of care during services that require leaving the seat

  • Passengers in buses and coaches with a gross vehicle weight of more than 3.5 tons at briefly leaving the seat

Not buckled up: This trouble threatens the insurance company

Motor vehicle liability insurance can also cause problems if you were not wearing seat belts in an accident.Claims can be reduced in individual cases due to joint liability. It must be proven that injuries sustained by the driver or the injured occupants in the traffic accident could have been prevented or at least reduced by wearing the seat belt.

ADAC demands

  • Belt tensioners and force limiters must also be standard on all rear seats

  • Comprehensive introduction of adaptive restraint systems

  • Seat belt reminders must be standard in all cars

  • Seat belt reminders must also be standard on all rows of the rear seats

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