GEM: Seat belt safety must not be forgotten

Written by Ellie

UK breakdown and recovery specialist GEM Motoring Assist is calling on drivers across the country to remember the importance of buckling up every time they take to the roads.

Many motorists have some strange beliefs when it comes to the use of seat belts, and GEM is now acting to dispel these myths, including:

  • Wearing a seat belt is a personal choice: All drivers and passengers aged 14 and over are legally bound to wear a seat belt when travelling in any vehicle in the UK, if available.
  • Seat belts are unnecessary when travelling at low speeds: Even at speeds of less than 30 mph, those not wearing a seat belt in a collision can achieve the same velocity as falling off a three-storey building.
  • Most people belt up, so why waste money on enforcement: Individuals not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle in a crash; these people need to be reminded of the dangers they are posing to themselves and others by failing to act responsibly.

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented: "Using a seat belt is a quick and simple task; it's also a highly effective way of reducing the consequences of a collision. That's why wearing a seat belt is not a matter of personal choice, but is compulsory for drivers and passengers."

The company will be in attendance at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 29th to July 2nd) where it will be showcasing the importance of seat belt safety in a specially-designed 'tumbling car'.

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Drivers must remember the seat belt is there to save lives – it's a pointless addition to any car when people fail to use it."

Posted on 26th June 2017

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