Embrace Life - always wear your seat belt


ss957916

macrumors 6502a
Jun 17, 2009
861
0
A mate of mine has a Yamaha motorcycle that has "Preserve nature - wear a helmet" on the fuel tank. Something lost in translation there...
 

sushi

Moderator emeritus
Jul 19, 2002
15,630
3
キャンプスワ&#
Nice find.

I think the UK ones are pretty effective too
Good videos as well. Reminds me of Drivers Education.

II would note that you have to wear the belts correctly (so none of this looping it under your arm because it's "more comfortable").
Good point.

This one is most interesting and really shows what can happen.
 

Zombie Acorn

macrumors 65816
Feb 2, 2009
1,301
9,062
Toronto, Ontario
I've always found the excuses for not wearing a seatbelt astounding. Crinkled clothing? Too much trouble? Uncomfortable? ...As opposed to being killed?
They are uncomfortable, thats why I don't wear them unless I am on the highway. Ive been in two head ons and a back end accident also (passenger). No injuries, in fact it wasn't even that bad even though the cars were totaled.
 

robbieduncan

Moderator emeritus
Jul 24, 2002
24,480
9
London
They are uncomfortable, thats why I don't wear them unless I am on the highway. Ive been in two head ons and a back end accident also (passenger). No injuries, in fact it wasn't even that bad even though the cars were totaled.
If they are uncomfortable then they are adjusted wrongly. You shouldn't even notice they are there. Note that I wear 3-point belts when I'm driving: I've got 4 point racing harnesses which are safer.
 

ucfgrad93

macrumors P6
Aug 17, 2007
17,533
8,156
Colorado
They are uncomfortable, thats why I don't wear them unless I am on the highway. Ive been in two head ons and a back end accident also (passenger). No injuries, in fact it wasn't even that bad even though the cars were totaled.
Glad you didn't get hurt in the accidents, but not wearing your seat belt is not a smart thing to do.
 

Attachments

Zombie Acorn

macrumors 65816
Feb 2, 2009
1,301
9,062
Toronto, Ontario
Then you were lucky.
Three times? If I'm not going over 35 I'm not wearing a seatbelt, wrecks at town speed really aren't a big deal with current build quality and safety standards. I barely even felt the last wreck at ~35 into the back of a truck.

How many low speed seat belt advocates have actually been in a wreck at low speed?
 

rdowns

macrumors Penryn
Original poster
Jul 11, 2003
27,345
12,408
that doesn't happen at low speeds. I will say I will wear a seatbelt if it's one of those annoying cars that beep.
Nope, it doesn't. Problem is, the other guy won't be driving at low speeds.
 

flopticalcube

macrumors G4
that doesn't happen at low speeds. I will say I will wear a seatbelt if it's one of those annoying cars that beep.
Seatbelts have been shown to be effective at speeds as low as 11 miles per hour: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/esv/esv19/05-0431-W.pdf

Vehicle dynamic and occupant kinematics
studies conducted by the authors indicate that golf
cars moving at speeds as low as 11 mph are capable
of rapidly producing the lateral accelerations
necessary to quickly eject an unbelted occupant even
with the hip restraints provided by most golf car
manufacturers.
If you were in a car, that sort of force could cause soft tissue damage which is the biggest cause of injury in low speed accidents.

As I said, you have been lucky. Yes, 3 times.
 

Zombie Acorn

macrumors 65816
Feb 2, 2009
1,301
9,062
Toronto, Ontario
Seatbelts have been shown to be effective at speeds as low as 11 miles per hour: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/esv/esv19/05-0431-W.pdf



If you were in a car, that sort of force could cause soft tissue damage which is the biggest cause of injury in low speed accidents.

As I said, you have been lucky. Yes, 3 times.

Is that vw golf cars or golf carts? Golf carts are built like crap. I'm on iPod now so I can't check. If I go on the highway I buckle up. I don't live in a city with highways either though.
 

Rodimus Prime

macrumors G4
Oct 9, 2006
10,132
4
Three times? If I'm not going over 35 I'm not wearing a seatbelt, wrecks at town speed really aren't a big deal with current build quality and safety standards. I barely even felt the last wreck at ~35 into the back of a truck.

How many low speed seat belt advocates have actually been in a wreck at low speed?
yes you are lucky. I know people who have gone to the hospital from getting into a wreck at under 20 mph from there head hitting the dash. I have seen people carted off in strap down in ambulance from a wreck that happen out side my apartment. Safe to say at the time they were going under your 35 mph limit when they slammed into a car that pulled out in front of them.

I had a friend who was in the back seat of the SUV I was driving and I was about to start to go when I had to slam on the brakes for a car that was speeding. My friend bloody his lip from when face hit the center console I was under 15 mph when I slammed on the brakes.
Key fact about every one of those stories is every person was not wearing a seat belt.

I have a rule in my car that I have always enforced and that is wear your seat belt or this car is not moving. If you wear your seat belt right you should not noticed it their.

The excuses people come up with are pretty sad. Many states already have seat belt laws and they need to strength them. Cops in Texas can already pull you over for not wearing a belt and ticket each person in the car.
The next thing that needs to be added is if you get hit by another driver and you were not wearing your seat belt they have ZERO liability for any of your injuries. It is such a basic safety thing in cars.
 

dmr727

macrumors G3
Dec 29, 2007
8,621
22
NYC
Great video, but the thread title combined with the fact that it was started by rdowns made me think that I would be treated to a picture of a woman wearing nothing but a seatbelt.

No such luck. ;)
 

anjinha

macrumors 604
Oct 21, 2006
7,271
62
San Francisco, CA
They are uncomfortable, thats why I don't wear them unless I am on the highway. Ive been in two head ons and a back end accident also (passenger). No injuries, in fact it wasn't even that bad even though the cars were totaled.
So you don't wear a seatbelt and you don't believe in insurance? I'm sorry but that just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen...
 

eawmp1

macrumors 601
Feb 19, 2008
4,130
5
FL
They are uncomfortable, thats why I don't wear them unless I am on the highway. Ive been in two head ons and a back end accident also (passenger). No injuries, in fact it wasn't even that bad even though the cars were totaled.
Nice try guys, trying to get ZA to do the sensible thing. However, let's let evolution decide. Thin the herd!!!
 

ethical

macrumors 68000
Dec 22, 2007
1,661
1
I agree it's a very good advert! Also makes a change from the gory and very graphic ones that have been produced lately. But not to say they aren't effective!

Nice try guys, trying to get ZA to do the sensible thing. However, let's let evolution decide. Thin the herd!!!
I agree. Darwin FTW!