My first automotive was a 1959 Rambler American, an unpleasant little bump of a automotive that acquired you the place you wished to go in neither consolation nor model. It didn’t have energy steering, energy brakes or energy home windows. Or air con or a radio. Or seat belts.
However most vehicles didn’t have seat belts. And even after producers have been required to put in them in 1968, most individuals didn’t use them.
In 1984, a Gallup Ballot requested respondents if they’d buckled up the final time they drove their automotive; solely 25% of drivers stated they’d, which was an enchancment as a result of two years earlier solely 17% stated they’d.
The explanations individuals gave for not buckling up sound eerily much like those many individuals give for not carrying masks.
Misinformation concerning seat belts was plentiful. One widespread delusion held that you’d be higher off being thrown from a automotive in an accident than being trapped contained in the car, particularly in case of fireside or being submerged in water.
Whereas that objection has a commonsense really feel about it, Michigan State Police level out that on its web site, “Myths and Info About Seat Belts,” first, “crashes involving fireplace or water occur in ½ of the one % of all crashes;” second, “being thrown safely clear in a crash in virtually unimaginable … the thought of being thrown from a automotive and gently touchdown in a grassy space beside the highway is pure fantasy.”