2.3 million drivers ‘don’t belt up’

Nearly two-fifths of backseat passengers are not wearing a seatbelt, according to new research.

LV= also found that up to 2.3 million drivers do not belt up in their vehicle, despite the possibility of a £500 fine.

The firm warns that there are 37,000 fatal or serious injuries every year on UK roads, many of which could be prevented by use of seatbelts.

Martin Milliner, head of technical claims at the firm, said it is “worrying” that 17 years since the law of seatbelts were introduced people were still not heeding the government regulation.

“Whilst it is the passengers’ own responsibility to make sure they are properly buckled up, drivers should also ensure that this is happening, as much for their own safety as the passengers,” he added.

Reasons behind failing to wear a seatbelt included forgetting, not thinking about it, only travelling a short distance and it being “too fiddly”.

Those aged between 35 and 44 were found to be the worst offenders, being twice as likely to not use a seatbelt as 18 to 24-year-olds.

Along with a fine, LV= warns that any car insurance claim made by an unbelted driver is likely to be reduced.

Norwich Union has recently advised drivers to shop online for the best deal on car insurance.

© Adfero Ltd

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