|11-11-2012 04:30 AM|
I've been getting better about wearing the belts, mostly because the newer cars nag you about it until you fasten them. I make it a point to always buckle up in the Corvette, now I find myself buckling up in both the Civics. The grandkids tell me to buckle up and also let me know if they aren't strapped in as well so the young ones are getting it.
Our Mustang and kit car have belts. The T-Bucket is not equipped at all and I'm not sure I'm going to - these cars are so light that I'm concerned about being in a rollover and would rather take my chances being thrown out of the car than being trapped in a belt while being smeared down the highway or crushed after going upside down. So far, more than 10,000 safe miles in that car although the T is just a notch safer than a motorcycle in the exposure department. As one poster said - calculated risks.
I had a '97 Ford Explorer that I parted out a while back. For grins, I mounted one of the airbags in a vise and set it off. I drew my own conclusions about airbags after that bit of fun.
Driving reasonably, defensively, and maintaining good situational awareness will considerably decrease your likelyhood of a collision.
|11-10-2012 06:28 PM|
In 1985 I ordered a S15 pick-up, my first "new" vehicle. GMC had some deal going where if you died in the truck, and you were wearing the seat belt, they would give your beneficiary $30,000. I figured what the hell, why not wear em? I've been a loyal seat belt fella ever since.
Since then I have installed belts in my '31 Model A Tudor, '27 Model T RPU and '65 C10 SWB SS.
|11-10-2012 06:06 PM|
|11-10-2012 05:32 PM|
Hey Big Dog,
Apparently, the posts in the "Lounge" STILL don't count.
But yes, I always wear my seatbelt. They DO save lives.
Foolish, if you ask me b'cuz this is where I do most of my postin'!
|11-10-2012 04:27 PM|
|11-10-2012 04:21 PM|
Can't vote...don't have 25 posts yet.
|11-10-2012 08:29 AM|
|CrashFarmer2||I had been wearing seat belts routinely years before the law said I had to. When they passed the seat belt law the rebel in me wanted to stop using seat belts but common sense won out. I know a lot of people that won't wear them though.|
|11-10-2012 07:09 AM|
next time your driving in a parking lot.. look at the fronts of the vehicles today. and the shear height of 80% of them..
I don't fear a head on as much as a tee bone as most of these vehicles are so high or just huge.. that any side structure in the doors it's just gonna go over..
they try to fix this with the 6 foot tall belt line. todays cars have.. but
I ca tell you that my car the roof is about as tall as a lot of todays cars trunk lids.. and they(todays drivers) don't look for small vehicles in the mirror.. god bless bikers..
trucks can't even see me and I'm glad for great brakes so as they swap lanes I can hit the binders and get out of they way.. but that's at somepoint gonna get the car rearended..
this car is not that low. and isn't lowered.. but is old enough that todays cars make it look tiny.. and it doesn't gt better with drivers that never drove when all the cars where these size and not the size of a blazer like most of todays compact cars.that really are not all that compact..
I saw a mid 80's caprice wagon today beside a compactish "crossover" the wadon was smaller.. and not by a littlebit... other than overhang(railroad tie bumper style)
|11-10-2012 06:50 AM|
|old fords||I always do in my camaro. My truck just just has lap belts so I don't wear them in it. If I am riding in a vehicle I usually do not wear them|
|11-10-2012 06:29 AM|
|geezer69||in 95 i had a bad *** wreck. i wasnt wearin my belt. if i had ben wearin it that time i wouldnt be makin this post. guys, thats proly a one in a million chances of that bein true. i wear my belt and the car doesnt move till everbody is buckled up. but that one time. it woulda killed me. even the state trooper said hed have to agree in this one case.i cant even tell you why i didnt have it buckled that 1 time but it saved my ***.|
|11-10-2012 05:50 AM|
I've had and used seat belts for about as long as they have been around. I even feel strange while moving the vehicles around the driveway if not buckled up. My '31 by age, legally in NY State, doesn't require them but I built a separate reinforcements into the floor just for seat belts as well as a double shoulder harness which unfortunately cannot be used. I will soon be adding a different shoulder arrangement. In my history of friends, three killed and several injured that thought they were invulnerable. One was run over by his own car after going off the road, having the door open somehow - with zero car damage. Two impaled by the steering column. Then a girl friend, thrown out, badly injured - but only $400 car damage.
In NY State - seat belt use required and no cell phone use (or texting) - as it can get expensive. Then there is the stupidity of not wearing/using devices that are proven to prevent injury or worse
"Before we work on artificial intelligence why don't we do something about natural stupidity? ~Steve Polyak"
|11-10-2012 02:51 AM|
I donīt mind wearing a seatbelt but airbags I donīt like at all.
Killed by an airbag: Husband in minor crash got pneumonia after breathing in 'noxious' gases and powder when the bag burst
|11-10-2012 12:00 AM|
Itīs a good poll but Iīm sure it would be different if asking the "general public".
We all tend to well informed about the consequences of not wearing seatbelts,
just as we over maintain our rides as well.
Most donīt even consider it.
Although itīs a fineable offence here as is using a cell phone or children on the laps of front seat passengers I see it being done.
|11-09-2012 11:05 PM|
|Joe G||Always. I have used seat belts religiously ever since the first time I saw a wrecked car with bloody head prints in the windshield.|
|11-09-2012 09:29 PM|
|matt167||Always, except when I drive my '51 Chevy cause I haven't gotten them in yet.|
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