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Always wear a seatbelt - seatbelts save lives.

In a crash at 30mph an unrestrained passenger’s body hits anything in front of it at a force equivalent to 30 to 60 times their own body weight. This is the same force as a charging rhino and could result in death or serious injury to you and anyone sitting in the car.

Seatbelts also reduce the risk of being thrown from a vehicle.

However people are less likely to use seatbelts on short or familiar journeys or at low speeds which puts them at serious risk of injury in a crash. Don’t become complacent about wearing your seatbelt even on short journeys.

The law requires you to use a seat belt if one is fitted and for children up to 135cms tall to use a child restraint.

If you were not wearing a seatbelt any injury compensation after an accident may be reduced.

It is important that correct child restraints are used according to the child’s height and weight. Visit for information.

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