A recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reveals that many adults don’t feel the need to wear seat belts while riding in the back seat. With many families hitting the road for summer vacation, we want to warn passengers that failing to buckle up in the back can have devastating consequences.
Unbelted rear passengers can become human missiles — injuring themselves and the other passengers, even those wearing seat belts. In addition, a driver who has an unbelted passenger sitting behind them is twice as likely to die in a crash, even if wearing a seat belt, according to the IIHS study. When traveling at just 35 mph, the unbelted rear passenger can slam into the driver with a force strong enough to deflate the airbag.
Four out of five adults surveyed for the report said they don’t bother to use a seat belt during short trips or when traveling by taxi or ride-hailing service (like an Uber).
Always wear your seat belt – no matter the distance traveled or where you’re seated in the vehicle. Drivers, always make sure all your passengers are belted before taking off – for their safety and yours.
— Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas Traffic Safety Foundation President