The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an American nonprofit organisation which ultimately works towards reducing the number of motor vehicle crashes, has revealed that a majority of rear-seat passengers don’t think that it’s necessary to buckle up.
The recent survey conducted by IIHS reflected that many rear-seat passengers don't think belts are necessary because they perceive the back seat to be safer than the front. This shows a clear misunderstanding about why belts are important, no matter where a person sits in a vehicle.
While driver and front passenger belt use has been extensively studied, there is not a lot of research on why rear-seat passengers don't buckle up. Prior IIHS surveys of belt use among adults focused on their belt-use habits in general, but not specifically belt use in the rear seat. The latest study fills this gap.
"People who don't use safety belts might think their neglect won't hurt anyone else, but that's not the case. In the rear seat, a lap/shoulder belt is the primary means of protection in a frontal crash. Without it, bodies can hit hard surfaces or other people at full speed, leading to serious injuries," said says Jessica Jermakian, an IIHS senior research engineer and a co-author of the study.
That being said, regardless of whether it is the U.S, Africa, or Malaysia, please remember to buckle up before its too late.