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Preventing Trauma Injuries

Prevention is the best way to avoid trauma injuries. Many people hear myths about safety - especially involving automobiles. We hope you will practice injury prevention and recognize a myth when you hear one!

Myth #1: Seat belts are uncomfortable and restricting.
Truth: The belt’s ratchet system allows adapting the height of the belt and promotes comfort. Also, a minor temporary discomfort is far better than injuries to the head, chest, abdomen or limbs.

Myth #2: I don’t need the belt if I’m only going a short distance or if I stay in town.
Truth: More than 80% of all motor vehicle collisions occur at speeds less than 40 mph and within 25 miles from home.

Myth #3: I don’t want to be trapped in the car in case of fire or water.
Truth: Less than ½ of 1% of all collisions involve fire or submersion. The seat belt/shoulder strap helps prevent head injuries, enabling you to remain conscious and facilitate extrication from the vehicle.

Myth #4: It’s better to be thrown clear of the crash.
Truth: The chances of death are 4 times greater with ejection than staying in the vehicle.

Myth #5: I’m a good driver; I’ll be careful.
Truth: Good driving skills are wonderful, however no one can control the other driver’s action. Good drivers are injured and killed far too frequently.

Practicing good safety habits, including wearing shoulder straps and seat belts, will help keep you safe from injuries!

*This information is courtesy of the SD Office of Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration