Study: Car Seat Belt Usage In India Is Quite Alarming — Here Are Some Pros & Cons

Car makers in India as well as around the globe are offering airbags as standard fitment to ensure safety. But do you know that airbags are less effective or even useless if you're not wearing a seatbelt? You can be thrown from your car and crash into its parts and passengers.

In a recent survey by India's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki on "Seatbelt Use in India", which was spread across 17 cities in the country, revealed an alarming result.

Maruti Suzuki Study: Car Seat Belt Use In India At 25 Percent

As per a report by ET Auto, only one in every four car occupants uses the seatbelt. The study threw up some interesting facts about the use of seatbelts in cars by Indian drivers and passengers.

Those living in the south of India are the most reluctant to wear the seatbelt and the share of women drivers not adhering to a mandatory rule while driving is higher at 81 percent compared to 68 percent of their male counterparts.

Maruti Suzuki Study: Car Seat Belt Use In India At 25 Percent

The survey was conducted in 17 cities in the country in all region covering over 2,500 drivers and passengers. The study reveals that only strict enforcement can make more people fasten their seatbelts with 80 percent of the respondents saying that it was the fear of police action and fines led them to wear a seatbelt.

Maruti Suzuki Study: Car Seat Belt Use In India At 25 Percent

Pros of Wearing A Seatbelt

Several studies reveal that wearing a seatbelt is the most effective method to reduce injury or prevent death during a collision.

Despite airbags, without wearing a seatbelt chances are more you might be thrown out of the car and hit parts and passengers of the vehicle.

Maruti Suzuki Study: Car Seat Belt Use In India At 25 Percent

Wearing a seatbelt could save your life as death sometimes results from hitting the windshield or hitting vehicle parts and passengers.

With numerous technologies being developed for the safety of occupants in the car, seatbelt remains the primary safety device to keep you safe.

Maruti Suzuki Study: Car Seat Belt Use In India At 25 Percent

Cons of Wearing A Seatbelt

While there are hardly any disadvantages to wearing a seatbelt,
some restrained occupants involved in a collision complained of having multiple bruises and cuts and internal injuries.

Also, many argue with typical responses: "I'm just going down the street." or "I'm a good driver." Nearly 80 percent of fatal accident happen within 40km of the home, and there are bad drivers out there, and they might crash into your car despite you being a good driver.

Maruti Suzuki Study: Car Seat Belt Use In India At 25 Percent

DriveSpark Thinks!

Wearing a seatbelt should be your priority to ensure the safety of yourself as well as other occupants of the car. We believe the car seatbelt is a must and law enforcement should enact strict rules and fines to ensure everyone wears a seatbelt.

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Story first published: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 17:41 [IST]
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