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How Do Seat Belts and Air Bags Save You in an Accident?

May 08 2017
Car Seat belts and Air bags

Reduce the risk of death and injury from an accident with seat belts and air bags

Driving on Indian roads is a skill. You not only have to pay attention to what is in front of you but also to what is on your left, right, and back. This is further compounded by factors such as wrong turns, wrong-way driving, changing lanes without indicators, driving on high beam, over speeding and so on.

The statistics from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on road accidents in India are alarming. In 2015 alone, more than 5 lakh accidents occurred, which resulted in 1,46,000 people losing their lives. This means that on a daily basis, a whopping 1,374 accidents take place and 400 people lose their lives.

How Safe are Our Cars?

For a country, which is expected to become the third largest car market in the world by 2020, the safety standards of our cars are beyond dismal. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), an independent assessment firm considered as the foremost authority worldwide in crash testing and road safety, has tested some of the best-selling cars in the Indian market.

The results from the tests are far from good. Out of a total five star ratings, many of the base models (those not equipped with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and airbags) have received zero stars with respect to adult protection. Getting zero stars means that the car is unfit to be on road and is a hazard to its occupants and others on the road.

How Do Airbags and Seatbelts Protect You?

Most car manufacturers in India do not offer basic safety features such as ABS and airbags. Airbags are necessary for car safety as they provide a cushion for the occupants in case of a collision, preventing them from grievous harm. ABS on the other hand, enables steering to function even in the case of emergency braking, by preventing the wheels from locking up.

Seatbelts although are present in all cars, yet more consumer awareness towards safety is required. Occupants need to make use of them to remain safe during an accident. Studies done overseas have shown that airbags coupled with seatbelts reduce the risk of fatality in serious accidents by 13%.

What Can We Do?

The Indian car buyers have a callous attitude towards safety and they prefer fuel efficiency, style, and affordability above safety. This is the reason why so many accidents take place on our roads, as buyers skimp on essential safety features. Many of them avoid renewing their motor insurance also for same reasons.

It is highly recommended that you purchase a car with all essential safety features including seatbelts, airbags, and ABS to protect you from being injured in an accident. In addition, it is also advisable to get a comprehensive motor insurance cover as an added layer of security against the dangers on the road.

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