In Brief: Seat belts: A crash course in staying healthy

In Brief

Seat belts: A crash course in staying healthy

Published: October, 2007

During a visit with a doctor, a Health Letter editor was caught off guard by this question: Do you always wear a seat belt? "Well, not always" was the honest and self-incriminating response.

Wearing a seat belt isn't usually considered a health habit, but it should be. If you're in the front seat, wearing a lap and shoulder belt reduces by about half your risk of death or serious injury if you're in a crash.

To continue reading this article, you must log in.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise

New subscriptions to Harvard Health Online are temporarily unavailable. Click the button below to learn about our other subscription offers.

Learn More »