Originally Posted by steev182
I feel like I'm not connected to a car if my seatbelt isn't on, like I don't have as much control...
True that. I refuse to ride in a car without functioning seatbelts... Of course, I almost died in a head-on with an F-250 when I was 12. Three things I learned that day-
1) Going through a windshield ******* HURTS.
2) Dislocating your hip and fracturing your pelvis ******* HURTS A GODDAMNED LOT.
3) Seatbelts tend to keep the above to things from happening, but only if you happen to be wearing them.
I spent two weeks in traction, had surgery, and had to use a walker for three months and crutches for three more, and had wear a Forrest Gump brace for the entire six. Not to mention all of the incredibly painful physical therapy.
I went through the fifth grade not being able to play football, run, ect. I had scars on my face from safety glass, and I had so much hardware I looked like a retarded RoboCop. All of that would have been avoided if I had been wearing a seatbelt.
Since that accident, I've been in quite a few more. (Only two that were my fault, the others are just bad luck)
-I flipped my old Escort- Fine. Walked home.
-I hit a Suburban that pulled out in front of me- fine, until I broke my hand punching the dash.
-Went head on with a FLATBED WORK TRUCK going around a blind corner in a CRX- Bruised ribs, 15 stitches, and a bottle of Percocet later, I was fine. (I'd like to note that my seatbelt actually BROKE while it was slowing me down... I don't even want to know what the steering wheel would have done to my ribs if I HADN'T been wearing the belt)
-Got rear-ended at a stopsign by a drunk driver going about 50- Walked away fine.
-Ran my old Integra into a guardrail going about 70- broken nose from the airbag, otherwise fine.
-Got t-boned in my old RSX- Walked away.
Notice a pattern? I do. I pretty much walked away from all of them... That CRX crash? My mom thought I was DEAD. She got there after the ambulance had left, and all she saw was the pile of twisted metal that used to be a car. The intake manifold got pushed THOUGH the firewall, the steering wheel got mangled... It look less like a car wreck and more like a car BOMB. If I hadn't been wearing my seatbelt, I have no doubt that I would have died.
PLEASE, WEAR YOUR DAMNED SEATBELTS.