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A Top 10 List Aims to Convince Drivers to Buckle Up

June 07, 2007

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --- If you're still having trouble convincing all of your fleet drivers to use safety belts every time they get behind the wheel, you might want to consider distributing this list of the top 10 reasons for buckling up. The list is based on a list prepared by the Missouri Department of Transportation. Reason #10: If buckled up, you can be sure of staying at the wheel and in control of the vehicle. This increases your ability to properly react to any situation and pose less of a threat to other drivers. Reason #9: The extra equipment in many commercial vehicles --- radios, tachometers and onboard computers --- can contribute to your chances of being injured during a crash if you are not properly buckled up. Reason #8: It's the law (in most places and circumstances). Reason #7: Good drivers usually do not cause collisions, but they are often involved in crashes caused by other drivers. If you are in a crash, safety belt use can save your life and prevent long-term disability. Reason #6: Driving for extended periods of time or in heavy traffic can be stressful and your awareness can be reduced. Safety belt use keeps you in a better position to stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Reason #5: If you are on the road at night, you are more likely to encounter impaired drivers. You must be in good control of your vehicle at all times. Reason #4: If you're driving a truck that weighs more than a passenger car, you must maintain control of your vehicle to ensure defensive driving measures. Reason #3: You are four times more likely to be killed if you're ejected from a vehicle and 14 times as likely to receive a spinal cord injury. Safety belts prevent you from going through the windshield. Reason #2: When you wear your safety belt, your chances of being injured or killed are reduced by up to 50 percent. Reason #1: You are someone’s son, daughter, mom, dad, husband, wife or friend. The life you save may be your own.
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