March 30, 2017
It’s springtime in Iowa. Anyone who has lived in the state for a while knows how random spring rain or snow showers can pop up at any time. When precipitation is coming down, remember to turn on your headlights – not only to see, but to be seen.
Do you remember how to manually turn on your headlights? Many drivers rely on the “auto” setting to turn the lights on and off in low light situations. These switches may not be sensitive enough to turn on the lights in snow or rain on gray, cloudy days. You may have to do it yourself.
So if you can’t count on your bracket, what can you count on? Your seat belt won’t fail you. Oh, sure many of us have had someone tell us their father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate died because they were wearing a seat belt in a crash, but the data simply doesn’t show much truth to the assertion that you’re safer unbuckled. Statistics show people not wearing seat belts are 30 time more likely to be ejected in a crash, and three out of four people who are ejected die from their injuries.
any science or branch of knowledge.
It is apparent from Iowa’s 92+ percent seat belt use for front seat occupants, that most of us have the knowledge that buckling up in the front seat can save your life. So why are nearly 40 percent of people who die on Iowa’s highways unbelted?
Unfortunately, for many it isn’t until a member of your family or a friend is counted among those killed that the number takes on an entirely different meaning. In the first seven weeks of 2017, 40 people have died on Iowa’s highways. That is 40 people who were someone’s spouse, significant other, parent, grandparent, child, sibling, or friend. Think of the thousands of people those 40 deaths had a significant personal impact on.