Seatbelts: use Them

Illustration of a three-point seatbelt.

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If you have never used a seat belt before, you have pretty much taken a flying leap over the 20th century.  Welcome to the 21st century, oh backward brother or sister.  In this day and age, the three point harness (which is typically just known as the seat belt) is used to secure people into the seats of their cars.  These glorious devices have saved more lives than just about any other thing since human beings began to take out their garbage instead of lolling around in it.  And while seat belts have given a lot of people more life than they would have had without them, they do suffer from the small issue that some people still do not consider them to be necessary.  If you are one of these people, Charles Darwin would just shrug his shoulders and declare that you might just end up culling yourself out of the gene pool, for the betterment of all.  But since you can still read this, it is not too late.

Seriously, how difficult is it to put on a simple seat belt when you first get into the car?  What does it take, perhaps five seconds to get that done?  If you have to do one simple health practice in your day, at least do that for yourself.  It is a whole lot easier for you to do than jogging three miles, or spending an hour in the weight room pumping iron.  But it will do at least as much to help you stay alive and unharmed as either of those things ever will.

It does not matter how far you might be going.  Whether you are embarking on a trip across the country, or just driving to the other side of the parking lot, you have got to put on your seat belt.  While it might just seem like an irritating extra step, there have been plenty of cases of people who have been killed in their cars while they were traveling at speeds usually seen in parking lots.  You do not want to be one of them.

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