Message Monday - I'm the boss. My car won't move till we're buckled

10-15 message mondayWho is the boss of your vehicle? When you’re driving, you are.

Every good boss wants the best for the people under his/her control. When you’re the boss in your vehicle, you should want the best for your passengers, even if your good intentions aren’t well received.

Iowans do a pretty good job of buckling up in the front seat with about 92 percent compliance. It’s the folks in the back that may not realize the importance of buckling up. While seat belt use is mandatory in the back seat for anyone under age 18, adults don’t often understand why the backseat buckle is so important.

When you are riding unrestrained in the back seat, you become a projectile in a crash, being thrown around inside the vehicle and hitting not only parts of the car but other passengers.

If you’re a backseat passenger using a ridesharing or taxi service, your driver may not feel comfortable asking you to buckle up. Save them the awkwardness by automatically buckling up no matter where you are sitting. Remember this, the two seconds it takes to snap that belt might save both your lives.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a recent survey on the dangers of unbuckled back seat passengers -

For 2018, there have been 246 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of seven since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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