Seat belts Seat belts are important personal protection equipment. Like hard hats, safety glasses, and hard toe shoes in industry, seat belts help to decrease the severity of accidental injury or to prevent injury when crashes occur. Everyone, 16 years of age and older, driver or passenger, riding in a motor vehicle in Nova Scotia is required to wear a seat belt, if a seating position with a seat belt is available to them. The driver is responsible for ensuring that a passenger under 16 years of age is wearing a seat belt if a seating position is available to them.
Young children must be in approved “child restraint system” car seats suitable for their age, height, or weight. If a vehicle came equipped with seat belts, they must be maintained in good working order and not altered in any way to reduce their effectiveness. Proper Adjustment of Belts Shoulder belts should never be worn without a regular lap belt.
Seat belts should be worn and properly adjusted as described in the owner’s manual for the vehicle. The Human Collision Imagine running as fast as you can – into a wall. You’d expect to get pretty banged p.Do you think you could stop yourself if the wall suddenly loomed up when you were two feet away from it? This is exactly the situation you face when the front of your car hits something at only 15 miles an hour.
The car stops in the first tenth ofa second, but you keep on at the same rate you were going in the car until something stops you – the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield – if you’re not wearing your safety belt.. Bad enough at 15 miles an hour, but a 30 miles you hit “the wall” four times as hard as you would at 15. Or to put it another way, with the same impact you’d feel as if you fell three stories.What’s Your Reason For Not Wearing One? “I’m only going to the shopping center.
” Actually, this is the best time to wear a safety belt, since 80% of traffic fatalities occur within 25 miles of home and under 40 miles an hour. “l won’t be in an accident: I’m a good driver. ” Your good driving record will certainly help you avoid accidents. But even if you’re a good driver, a bad driver may still hit you. “I’ll Just brace myself.
” Even if you had the split-second timing to do this, he force of the impact would shatter the arm or leg you used to brace yourself. I’m afraid the belt will trap me in the car. ” Statistically, the best place to be during an accident is in your car.
If you’re thrown out of the car, you’re 25 times more likely to die. And if you need to get out of the car in a hurry – as in the extremely tiny percent of accidents involving fire or submergence – you can get out a lot faster if you haven’t been knocked unconscious inside your car. “They’re uncomfortable. ” Actually, modern safety belts can be made so comfortable that you may wonder if they really ork.Most of them give when you move – a device locks them in place only when the car stops suddenly. You can put a little bit of slack in most belts simply by pulling on the shoulder strap. Others come with comfort clips, which hold the belt in a slightly slackened position. If the belt won’t fit around you, you can get a belt extender at most car dealerships.
“l don’t need a belt – I’ve got an airbag. ” Lucky you! An air bag increases the effectiveness of a safety belt by 40 percent. But air bags were never meant to be used in place of safety belts, since they don’t protect against side