A REALLY SILLY QUESTION ABOUT SEAT BELTS
- Driving to work this morning, a really silly thought ran through my mind.
- I’d just started my car and was reversing out of the driveway when the seatbelt warning chime started. I generally don’t belt up until I’ve reversed out because despite a reversing camera and reversing sensors, I like to be able to look around and a seat belt impedes my movement.
So I got to thinking, when you’re ready to engage any gear, without a seat belt locked, why wouldn’t the vehicle refuse to engage a forward gear. If technology allows a warning chime to sound without the seat belt locked, surely manufacturers would be able to modify the system to make sure that the driver and passengers fasten their seatbelt before moving off.
Some will say that drivers could avoid this by fastening the seat belt behind themselves, but surely the vast majority of drivers wouldn’t.
What do you think?