How to care for and properly use car seat-belts.
Seat-belts are one of the most important safety devices installed in your car…but do you ever take the time to check their condition?
Seat-belts get a pretty rough life, especially the one protecting the driver. Just think, every time you hop in and out of your car you are (hopefully) pulling your seat-belt out and clicking it in. Then the reverse, each and every time you park your car.
With all this regular use it’s a great idea to make sure your seat-belts are in top shape. This is particularly the case if your car is getting a little older.
The experts recommend that you give your seat-belts, all of them, a good going-over at least once a year.
What should you be looking for? Well, check for any frayed edges, this can be a sign that the seat-belt is wearing and could be unable to provide you with the protection it was designed to.
Check also whether the seat-belts retract freely.
Give the seat-belts a good yank and make sure the locking mechanism works quickly and effectively.
Ensure the buckles are working as they are meant to and the buttons spring back easily.
And finally, give your seat-belts a good clean – this can really help keep your clothes clean too! Use a mixture of soap, such as a quality car wash, and a clean cloth. Pull the seat-belts from the vehicle as far as possible (while taking care not to damage them) and give them a good going-over.
Have a clean and dry cloth on hand to give them a thorough dry when they are nice and clean.
This simple care and maintenance could make all the difference in an emergency. Remember as well that if you find any issues with the operation of your cars seat-belts to have the problem rectified as soon as possible by someone who knows what they are doing.
When it comes to car safety features you need to make sure that you and your passengers have the best possible protection.
And remember, a seat-belt should not be worn twisted, as the full width of the belt is required to spread collision forces across the body.