There are still far too many fatalities that could have been prevented by wearing a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt has been shown to save lives in many cases. Fortunately, most people have gotten the message that it’s a better idea to buckle up.
Although the word is getting through about the need to wear a seatbelt, there are those who believe that it only applies to the people in the front seat. According to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, people who don’t buckle up when riding in the rear seat because they think is safer back there simply wrong. Instead of being safer in the back, those rear seat riders who don’t buckle up are not only endangering themselves, but also the front seat riders.
Safety research shows that drivers are more than two times as likely to be killed in a crash if the occupant behind them is not wearing a seat belt. Still despite these statistics, it has been shown that seat belt use in the rear seats has consistently been lower than in the front seat for the last decade.
The big question remains, why? Why do people buckle up less when riding in the back seat?
Recently the Insurance Institute conducted a phone survey in an effort to find answers. Interviews were conducted on 1172 people who had been rear seat passengers in the past six months. 91 percent of those people said that buckle up when riding in the front seat, while 72 percent said they buckled up while riding in the back seat. The number one reason given for not wearing a belt in the back seat was that it is safer.
It appears that there is a need for more education when it comes to the benefits of wearing seat belt in the back seat.