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Seat belts are the single most effective safety technology in the history of the automobile.

A NHTSA study of lives saved by vehicle technologies found that, between 1960 and 2012, seat belts saved more lives—329,715, to be exact—than all other vehicle technologies combined, including air bags, energy-absorbing steering assemblies, and electronic stability control.

Of course, seat belts have been available much longer than many of the other safety features the study reviewed.

But they remain your first line of defense in a crash and your first step toward safer driving.

When You Drive Without a Seatbelt

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