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Old 04-28-2016, 10:54 PM   #1
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Do you always wear a seat belt?

I am watching ER Trauma. A horrific car accident victim came in and he wasn't wearing a seat belt.

I used to swear I would never wear one. I hated being so confined. But since my health plan provides all transportation, the driver will not move the vehicle until every one is belted in. Now I always have one on. In fact I grab the two ends before I even sit down. I even wear one in my daughter's car.

The only type I have trouble with is the kind that not only go across your lap, but also across you chest. A driver had to stop short and slammed on the brakes. I fell forward and ended up with a massive bruise halfway around my neck. I am lucky I wasn't decapitated. I am child size in height. So now I put that part behind me. But I still have the lap strap on. In this state, children of my height, (4'6") if they are seated in the front seat, are required by law to have a booster seat. Sorry I will walk before I go that route.

So do you always wear a seat belt? Keep in mind that most accidents happen within 25 miles of home.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:03 PM   #2
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I always wear a seat belt, for two reasons:
1) I was in a car accident in 1995. I wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time and I ended up in the back seat with a broken jaw and a night in the hospital.
2) My Ford Escape Hybrid beeps obnoxiously whenever someone doesn't have a seat belt on. It has a pressure sensor in the passenger seat, so passengers have to belt up, too.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:07 PM   #3
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Yes, I ALWAYS wear a seat belt. It's a good law. Why would you question that?
You do need a booster seat and I doubt you'd walk if you were required to use one.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:16 PM   #4
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Do you always wear a seat belt?

No biggie. I don't mind seat belts, always wear mine if I'm in the front seat and driving. My MIL, who was quite, um, well-endowed prior to her reduction surgery, absolutely hated them. She's very short too, and just could never get comfortable with her seatbelt, so she had some creative solutions.

I do recall riding untethered in the back of pickups and station wagons growing up. Those were the days.

I usually don't buckle up if I'm in the back seat, or in a taxi.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:32 PM   #5
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The only type I have trouble with is the kind that not only go across your lap, but also across you chest. A driver had to stop short and slammed on the brakes. I fell forward and ended up with a massive bruise halfway around my neck. I am lucky I wasn't decapitated.
By not using it, you're lucky your head doesn't hit the windshield. You can survive a bruise, obviously.
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:14 AM   #6
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No biggie. I don't mind seat belts, always wear mine if I'm in the front seat and driving. My MIL, who was quite, um, well-endowed prior to her reduction surgery, absolutely hated them. She's very short too, and just could never get comfortable with her seatbelt, so she had some creative solutions.

I do recall riding untethered in the back of pickups and station wagons growing up. Those were the days.

I usually don't buckle up if I'm in the back seat, or in a taxi.
When I lived in Texas, kids always rode in the back of pickups. But the rule was, they had to sit on the floor, not the hub of the wheel. That is where the kids thought was the most daring. My girlfriend had a pickup and she would look in her rear view mirror constantly. If she saw a kid up on the wheel hub, she would pull over to the side and stay there until the kid got down on the floor. We never stopped for more than a few seconds. One time she was headed for the beach. Her oldest insisted on sneaking up on the hub. She got tired of pulling over and turned around and went back home. A few of those kind of trips and the problem ended. A case of because of one child misbehaving, all kids were punished.
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Without question, prior to seat belt laws in the late 60's, countless lives were lost.

I remember my sleeping baby born in 65' straddling me on my chest when his Daddy drove us home after countless evenings with friends. But for the grace of God... Shudder.
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I always wear a seatbelt and I clip my dog's harness to it also.
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Old 04-29-2016, 01:57 AM   #9
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Wearing a seat belt is so automatic to me, sometimes I use it even when I'm only backing the car out of the garage to park it in the driveway.

My Mom and I argued the pros and cons of using a seat belt when she and Dad got our first car that had them, a 1965 Ford Galaxy 500. She said she wouldn't wear one because she was afraid of dying from internal injuries (a friend of hers had just been in an accident while wearing one and did sustain some non-life-threatening injuries). I told her she was going to look horrid at her funeral, that I would choose to wear mine, and at least I could have an open-coffin wake. She still didn't wear one...unless I was driving her. Then I wouldn't start the car until she buckled up.

Addie, you need to get yourself one of those seat belt clips that lets you adjust the angle for the chest strap. I have a friend who is VERY well endowed and had always had the strap come across one of "them". She got a set of these clips, one for herself and one for her daughter, and she's never complained about seat belts since. Works for short people, too.

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Old 04-29-2016, 02:37 AM   #10
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I always wear a seatbelt and I clip my dog's harness to it also.
Today, you can get seatbelts for your pets. I hate seeing dogs with their head out the window. All I can see is a car getting too close and clipping the dog upside his head. Spike used to allow Teddy to do that. At least I got him to stop that practice. Now he lets him sit on the arm right next to him. Still not a good practice. But it is better than letting his head hang out.
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