Message Monday - Perfect brackets don't survive. You can. Buckle up

3-22 perfect bracketsWith 68 games in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the NCAA estimates your chances of completing a perfect bracket are about 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 – that’s if you just guess or flip a coin for each game with no other knowledge of basketball.

Your odds of winning are better if you have more knowledge of the teams, their histories and the sport itself. That philosophy isn’t different for driving. If you know your own habits, the way your vehicle operates, and the rules of the road, your chances of survival increase dramatically.

One of the easiest ways to increase your odds of making it home at the end of a journey is to get in the habit of buckling up, every trip, every time.

According to NHTSA, the benefits of buckling up are clear:

  • If you buckle up in the front seat of a passenger car, you can reduce your risk of:
  • Fatal injury by 45%
  • Moderate to critical injury by 50%
  • If you buckle up in a light truck, you can reduce your risk of:
  • Fatal injury by 60%
  • Moderate to critical injury by 65%

Here’s a little video to help you geek out on exactly how seat belts work -

For 2020, there were a total of 338 fatalities reported. So far in 2021, there have been 41 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase of four 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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