GEICO reminds drivers that buckling up is one of the easiest ways to save lives

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 23, 2016 – For 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that nearly half of traffic fatalities were unbuckled. Whether drivers are getting ready to travel for the holidays or simply begin their morning commute, GEICO reminds them to make buckling up a priority.

How does a seatbelt protect the driver?

When a crash occurs, it's impossible for objects and humans to defy the laws of physics. At the moment of impact, anything not secured in a vehicle will continue to move at the speed the vehicle was traveling prior to the crash, and that includes you.

A seatbelt prevents the driver from striking hard surfaces in the vehicle or being ejected in a crash—both of which can lead to serious injuries or fatalities. In fact, wearing a seatbelt can reduce the risk of critical injuries by 50 percent for front seat passengers according to NHTSA.

Failure to buckle up could hit your wallet

Nearly every state has a seatbelt law. In 34 states, officers can specifically stop a driver for not wearing a seatbelt. State fines for not buckling up can range from $25 to $200, plus additional fees like court costs and surcharges—a fairly steep price to pay for an activity that only takes a couple seconds.

Tips for drivers

  • Insist that all passengers buckle up; don't move until you hear everyone click.
  • Set an example for younger drivers by remembering to buckle up before putting the car in gear.
  • Don't let excuses like "it's uncomfortable" or "it will wrinkle my clothes" deter you from clicking.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 15 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 24 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

For more information, go to www.geico.com.