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					Seat belts are designed to give a high level of protection in the event of a crash. They
are designed to adjust automatically to fit the user, to be convenient and easy to use.

New drivers are disproportionately involved in accidents, especially in the first
months after passing a

The law :

By law, you must wear a seat belt in cars and goods vehicles where one is fitted.
There are very few exceptions to this. The driver is liable to prosecution if a child
under 14 years does not wear a seat belt or child restraint as required.
Children up to 135cms tall must use the correct child restraint for their weight (not
age) when travelling in the front or back seat of any car, van or goods vehicle. There
are very few exceptions. Read more about child car seats. 'Child restraint' means any
of baby seat, child seat, booster seat or booster cushion.
A child can use an adult belt when they reach 135cm or their 12th birthday, whichever
comes first.
In buses and coaches with seat belts fitted, passengers aged 14 years and above must
use them.

Why you should wear seat belt?

In a crash someone not wearing a seat belt is more likely to die than someone using
one. In 2007, of the 1,432 car occupants killed, research indicates that some 34 per
cent were not wearing a seat belt.
While few people admit to regularly travelling without a seat belt, research shows that
24 per cent of people admit they sometimes don't wear a seat belt when travelling in
the back, and 10 per cent in the front. There is also evidence that people are less likely
to use seat belts on short or familiar journeys or at low speeds. This puts them at
serious risk of injury in a crash.
You are twice as likely to die in a crash if you don't wear a seat belt.
Nearly 300 lives would almost certainly have been saved in 2007 if all car occupants
had been wearing a belt. Roughly, that's one life a day.

Tips for using the seat belt -

Do not twist seat belt, wear it close to the body.
The shoulder belt should lie across the chest across the chest and over the shoulder
away from the neck.
Do not leave any slack in the belt - the belt can only do its job properly in a crash if it
starts off close to the user's body.
Do not use 1 adult belt for 2 people.
The driver MUST ensure that all children under 14 years of age in cars, vans and
other goods vehicles wear seat belts or sit in an approved child restraint.
Child seat belt - It has to be installed if you have small children and 1 thing to
remember that baby seat belts should not be fitted in front seat of those cars which are
equipped air bags.

There are various sources through which you can get details or information on safety
measures i.e. road signs, highway code signs, theory test practice, traffic signs, theory
test, driving theory test practice, driving theory test, road safety signs, road traffic
signs, driving test dvd and driving theory test CD.

				
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