Seat Belt Use
Drivers and front seat
passengers should sit as far back as is reasonably
possible from the steering wheel or dashboard to
reduce the possibility of serious head or chest
injuries in an accident.
provide more protection and should be used before
Never put the same seat
belt around yourself and another passenger (adult
Adjust the seat belt
properly. Place the lap belt as low as possible
over the hips - not over the abdomen. Ensure the
shoulder belt lies on the chest and over the shoulder.
Do not leave any slack in the belt.
Many cars are now fitted
with height adjusters for the diagonal strap. The
diagonal strap should be adjusted to lie centrally
over the shoulder and away from the neck.
Adjust the strap so that
it lies in contact with your shoulder and slopes
up and back to the anchorage point.
Do not interfere with
the correct function of the seat belt by fitting
any comfort devices that are not recommended by
your vehicle manufacturer.
Do not attempt to improve seat belt comfort with
padding or cushions, It is also not advisable to
sit on any mats or cushions other than those originally
fitted by the vehicle manufacturer.
Avoid thick clothing
(such as coats and jackets) under the seat belt.
The centre rear seats
of many cars are fitted with a lap-only seat belt
that must be adjusted manually. It is important
that you adjust such belts for a snug fit over your
hips, without any slack.
Seat Belts save lives and
help avoid injury - make sure you belt up - especially
in the rear.