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Wearing your seatbelt is legally required, and for good reason. Did you know that you’re 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash if you’re not wearing a seatbelt? Yeah, ejected. That’s a word that should only apply to missiles and DVDs, not people. Crashing through a windshield and onto the street makes surviving a crash unlikely, so it’s in everyone’s best interest to buckle up before every drive, whether you’re the driver or a passenger. See what good old Isaac Newton has to say about the physics involved.

Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion

According to this law of physics, also known as the Law of Inertia, “An object at rest will remain at rest, and an object in motion will remain in motion (at a constant velocity), unless acted upon by an external force.” Sounds simple enough. Things don’t just start or stop moving on their own. They’re gonna keep doing their thing until something (a force) changes that. In the case of a vehicle, its movement is usually stopped by the friction of brakes.

Newton's laws of physics apply to driving
Isaac’s always laying down the law.

Wear Your Seatbelt

Why are we bringing up the First Law of Motion in order to convince you to wear a seatbelt? Because the Law of Inertia applies to you whenever you’re in a vehicle (also all the time, but that’s beside the point…). Your body is traveling at the same speed as the vehicle even though you’re just sitting on your butt. If the vehicle stops abruptly, whether it’s a hard stop or a crash, you body will continue moving forward. Something’s gotta stop that motion. Do you want it to be a seatbelt or or the windshield? Seatbelts prevent excessive injury when your vehicle and your body need to slow down in a hurry.

buckle up your seatbelt before driving
Buckling your seatbelt should be a habit.