The first thing you should do when you get into your car BEFORE you turn on the ignition is to put on your seat belt. Why? Seat belts are designed to do several things if you should be involved in a traffic collision:
- Helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle;
- Decreases your chances of striking the windshield, dashboard or other fixed objects;
- Distributes the force of the impact across the strongest part of your body to minimize injury;
- Helps prevent you and your passengers from being ejected or partially ejected.
Even if you are a good driver, there is no way you can control another driver’s mistakes. Use your seatbelt. It’s the law.