If you were able to do something extremely simple that would greatly reduce your chances of dying in a car accident, you would take that precaution, wouldn’t you? Here’s a tip, then: BUCKLE UP. Whether you’re traveling down the street or taking a road trip across the country, never ride in a car without your seatbelt on. This morning, a woman died after being ejected from her car after a crash. Not only was she speeding in her SUV, she wasn’t wearing her seatbelt while doing so. She hit a tree in Spanaway, forcing her through her windshield.

While we can’t know for sure how the accident would have turned out if she had been wearing her seatbelt, it surely wouldn’t have caused her more harm than was done. Putting your seatbelt on is one of the easiest ways to stay safe while driving. If you’re still not convinced, here are some seatbelt statistics:

• Between 2004 and 2008, seatbelts saved over 75,000 lives.
• Seatbelts are shown to reduce injuries and deaths in crashes by approximately 50%.
• 56% of teens 16-20 weren’t wearing their seatbelts in fatal crashes in 2009.

Keep in mind, it is AGAINST THE LAW to not wear a seatbelt. That alone should keep you from doing it. Stay safe, and buckle up!

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