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In a bid to keep people safe on the roads this February the IAM, the UK’s largest road safety charity, has begun a campaign to encourage anyone who is travelling in a car to make sure they wear a seatbelt at all times.
Overall, figures have revealed that as many as one in five or 19 per cent of people actually admit to failing to wear a seatbelt whilst sitting in the back seat of a car, with one in ten drivers revealing they don’t even wear a seatbelt when behind the wheel.
This is a staggering amount which is why the IAM are encouraging people to belt up this Valentine’s Day and make sure that their loved ones do the same.
A recent survey revealed that although drivers between the ages of 17 and 24 years old have the highest accident rate, they also have the lowest seatbelt-wearing rate, which together could be a lethal combination. Also, 26 per cent of drivers who have obtained between three and six years driving experience have admitted to not using a seat belt, with young men over the age of thirty being the most likely, by 17 per cent, to not buckle up in the back.
Some of the best buckle-up tips put forward by the IAM include drivers always making sure that their passengers are wearing seatbelts before they set off on a journey, even on a shorter one. Make sure that you only carry the right amount of passengers for the seatbelts available, and never let anyone share a belt.
If you are carrying children it is also extremely important to check they are fully belted up before you set off, and that they are not able to undo or slip out of the seat when the car is in motion. It is also worth noting that children up to 135cm tall require a suitable restraint such as a child car or booster seat.
IAM director of policy Neil Greig said: “Everyone should look after their loved ones, especially on Valentine’s day. Research shows that one in five occupants killed in crashes were not wearing seatbelts. That’s more than 300 preventable deaths a year.
“That’s why we are asking drivers and passengers to make sure everyone is buckled up this Valentine’s Day, especially the young men. There’s no greater passion killer than a car crash. Belt up in the front and the back.”