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Seat belt buckles: Your unexpected lifesaver in road emergencies

The seat belt buckle is not only for fastening oneself. It can also help to get out of the vehicle.
The seat belt buckle is not only for fastening oneself. It can also help to get out of the vehicle.
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Seat belts have saved numerous lives by reducing the impact of road accidents. However, many people are unaware of their additional function. Not just the belts themselves but their buckles can be crucial.

After an accident, car doors can sometimes become so damaged that they cannot be opened from the inside. Managing this outside is often more accessible using a stable support point. Assistance from another person can also be invaluable, as they might help pry the doors open. This is why firefighters often resort to alternative methods rather than using equipment to cut through the bodywork.

Exiting the vehicle becomes crucial for safety in certain situations. This can occur if the car catches fire, releases toxic fumes, is in an area prone to another impact, or is submerged in water. In such instances, seat belts can save lives.

How to get out of the car using the seat belt?

An essential component of the seat belt is the buckle, sometimes referred to as a loop. It is a metal piece we insert into the lock, also known as the latch, to fasten the belt. This part is highly sturdy, made of a thick steel plate, and very comfortable to hold.

Thanks to this buckle, you can break the side window to exit the vehicle. While a window hammer (like the ones found in buses) would be more convenient, typically, we only have the seat belt buckle at hand. Remember this option in emergencies, especially in circumstances we hope no one ever has to face.

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