Why Wearing Your Seatbelt as a Passenger Could Save the Driver's Life

Attitudes toward seatbelts have come a long way since the 70's, when the safety equipment was widely considered optional. The majority of Americans today always buckle up when they drive, or ride shotgun.

According to a new IIHS study, however, the attitude that the back seat is safe enough to ride without a belt still prevails.

No matter where you sit in the car, you will be safer while wearing a belt. Without one, your body can be slammed into hard surfaces and other passengers at full speed. In fact, wearing a seatbelt can save the driver's life.

A 2013 study by the University of Virginia showed that drivers were twice as likely to die in crashes where the passenger sitting behind them was unbelted.

The IIHS shows how this is possible in a recent video. When the test vehicle comes to an abrupt stop, simulating a frontal collision, the dummy riding in back flies forward into the driver's seat, crushing the driver dummy into the steering column, where it received what would be fatal injuries on a real human.

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