Here's Why You Should Always Buckle Up When Sitting In The Rear Seat

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Yes, that means you. Even when you inexplicably don't do it just because you're in an Uber.

It happens slowly and inconspicuously. One night, you, a gearhead and a seatbelt wearing aficionado who's spent too much time thinking about cars and knows what happens when they're not used properly, gets into an Uber after a night on the town. For one reason or another, you completely forgo doing that. Maybe this driver had a 4.9 rating or something. On any other trip, you'd undertake that same ritual you've done a million times: reach over and snag the seatbelt, and in a practiced motion, click it into the buckle.

But how harmful is your lapse in judgement really? Thanks to the IIHS, you can now see for yourself. The truth is that full time belt use is lower when in the rear seat, especially during ride hailing services. Frequent Uber and Lyft users even claimed that they wear their seatbelt less than 60% of the time.

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That, unfortunately, is a problem. Many times, people's reasoning for forgoing a seatbelt when sitting in the back is that they believe that seat is safer. Statistically, yes, someone is less likely to die or be injured in the rear seat during an accident, but those chances can be reduced to nothing without a seatbelt. Furthermore, there's a good chance that a frontal impact could send a rear seat driver into the front seat, crushing the occupants up front and potentially killing them. So do a favor for your rideshare driver and buckle up.

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