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Posted by D'garden Educare on Thursday, February 13, 2014

Here’s a short and simple video that succinctly explains why you absolutely must use seat belts and child seats in a car. It shows a vehicle following a truck rather closely, with the rear seats occupied by a baby strapped to a child safety seat, and an adult who is not wearing the seat belt. One right, one wrong, then.

The truck then slowed down abruptly, forcing the vehicle behind to brake sharply. As you’d expect, without the seat belt to restrain her, the adult is thrown forward violently, while the baby in the rear-facing child seat barely moved at all. This is a prime example why it’s recommended to use a rear-facing seat for as long as possible. Watch the video below for a longer explanation.

As for the use of seat belts for adults, well, it’s a no-brainer, really. Whether you’re up front or at the back, you must strap in. Alarmingly, that’s not the case for a large majority of Malaysians.

A recent World Health Organization (WHO) Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015 suggests that Malaysia has a seat belt compliance rate of 77% and 13% for front and rear occupants. Funnily enough, the Malaysian police refuted these numbers, claiming that they should be higher.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) found in May this year that only 7-9% of Malaysians wear seat belts in the back. On an even sadder note, MIROS found that compliance and overall awareness on the importance of buckling up at the back was founded more on the fear of being fined, as opposed to anything else.

We know full well why we must buckle up, front or back. And law or no law, fine or no fine, belting up in the back is not difficult to do – we value our lives as well as those of our loved ones, don’t we?