Not wearing a seatbelt will make a bad accident even worse –any injuries sustained will be much more severe. But this is so easy to fix! All new cars – and the majority of older cars – have seatbelts for every seat.
Moreover, wearing a seatbelt is compulsory in all EU countries. Think you won’t get caught? Some countries now have road-side cameras able to detect drivers and passengers not wearing a seatbelt.
Wearing a seatbelt is also obligatory in all types of vehicle – that includes coaches and lorries.
Seatbelts and child restraints are secondary safety devices, meaning they are primarily designed to prevent or minimise injury when a crash occurs. They:
After securing your own seatbelt, make sure any passengers are also belted up. This includes children, for whom special rules apply across the EU: