7 out of 10 Indians do not wear seat belts when sitting at the back. India News – Times of India

Mumbai: In less than a month, two high-profile deaths, one of Cyrus Mistry On the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway and of a Maratha leader Vinayak Mete On the Pune-Expressway, show that he died on the spot despite being seated in the rear, considered the safest position in case of any front-end collision. a survey by local circlesAn online platform suggested that around 70% of people sitting behind do not use seat belts at all, some of them even knowing that rear belts exist and can effectively reduce injuries as well as mortality. Huh.
Surprisingly, in both these accidents, the people sitting in front suffered comparatively fewer injuries despite the front-end impact of the collision because they were wearing their seat belts. According to experts, seat belts actually negate the gravity or speed at which a passenger can oscillate between the two seats or ends of the car during a high-impact collision. In addition the airbags act in time to further eliminate the remaining force of impact and thus reduce the intensity of injuries.
World Health Organization (WHO) in a report released earlier this year also emphasized that wearing a safety belt in the back seat can reduce the risk of death and injury by 25% and 75%, respectively. Unfortunately, most people when buying a car ensure that personal protective equipment is in place and even then while using the vehicle, rarely ensure that they and co-passengers are using it properly.
A survey by LocalCircles has revealed that 7 out of 10 passengers in the back seat of a vehicle never wear a safety belt. In contrast, 26% of over 10,500 respondents shared that they always wear seat belts in the rear seats of a vehicle, while 4% of respondents said they never travel in the back seats. The survey received 10,598 responses from citizens located in 274 districts of India. 61% of the respondents were male while 39% of the respondents were female. 47% respondents were from Tier 1, 39% were from Tier 2 and 14% respondents were from Tier 3, 4 and rural districts. All participants were valid citizens who had registered on the platform.
Automobile experts say that in the event of an accident, the chances of the rear seat colliding with the rear seat backrest are high. “Whiplash is a type of injury that affects the vertebrae and, in many cases, cuts off oxygen to the brain. In many circumstances, a rear passenger without a belt can crash from the front seat, leaving the front passenger on the dashboard. may drive in or trigger the airbag, creating a catastrophic risk. Depending on the severity of the accident, rear passengers may fly out of the windscreen or hit the dashboard or steering wheel. Rear-seats without belts With passengers, the risk of death for front-seat passengers with belts increased nearly five-fold,” he said. Therefore, for the safety of all car riders, the use of rear seat belts should be advocated, he suggests.
“In short, 70% of citizens surveyed admit that they never wear seat belts, it is clear that most Indians think of rear seat belts as useless frills in the car. Time for the central government and the state. There is a need. Governments carry out enforcement campaigns to create awareness among both the traffic police and citizens and subsequently so that more and more people start complying.”
“The built-in speed limits of all such premium cars are normally higher than those of other normal cars. Therefore, it is best practice to avoid the temptation to drive above 100 speed at any time, even on wide open roads. In front of the engine , I think the vehicle was way above the speed limit. We also need to work on the infrastructure especially our national highways with their uneven patches, poorly designed speed breakers and stray animals without fencing Automobile expert Ravi said chandranaCEO of Quickfix Auto.
“At such a high speed, the person behind at the time of an accident can sometimes be thrown at a force multiples of gravity. Thus, his weight at the time of impact exceeds about thousands of KG. If the passenger in front is wearing a seatbelt and the rear passenger is not, the rear passenger is likely to be seriously injured or killed by falling with the weight of the elephant at the time of the accident,” commented another expert on his social media account.