Safety | August 11 2015

Buckling down on buckling up

What’s the first thing you always do before hitting the road in your vehicle? If you said buckle up, you’re definitely among the majority of drivers and passengers on the road today.

But, despite the overwhelming evidence that seat belts save lives, accident reports continue to show that serious injuries and fatalities are the result of drivers and passengers choosing to not wear their seat belts. In 2013 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported:

So in the face of such overwhelming odds, what makes buckling up routine for some and not for others? And who are the drivers and passengers most likely to avoid buckling up? Even though you’re buckled up, are you buckled up correctly?

In this video, FCA US Senior Specialist and Child Passenger Safety Advocate Audrey Eagle offers her insight on these questions as well as more reasons why you should be wearing your seat belt and the proper way to buckle up.

Betty Newman

Hi, I’m Betty Carrier Newman. I know – three names! Just who does she think she is? I’m a native Michigander; therefore, I love all things outdoors, like hiking and off-roading. I work in Communications with the Digital Media team. Some days I produce video shoots, write scripts, voice and
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Hi, I’m Betty Carrier Newman. I know – three names! Just who does she think she is? I’m a native Michigander; therefore, I love all things outdoors, like hiking and off-roading. I work in Communications with the Digital Media team. Some days I produce video shoots, write scripts, voice and edit video for features to post to our corporate and social media sites. Other times I’m strategizing with the brands I support – Ram, Jeep and Corporate – to come up with attention-grabbing ways to tell their unique stories. Then there’s the travel - to places like Moab, Utah, and the Rubicon Trail in California - to shoot (and enjoy) awesome off-road adventure that I then turn into exciting videos to post on our sites. Routine? Definitely not in my world! Challenges, creativity, cool cars and trucks, exciting places – yeah, they’re in there! Oh, the three names? In an earlier life I was hired as the first major-market female TV co-anchor for the NBC affiliate in Detroit – Channel 4. My name was Betty Carrier back then – until I married and added the ‘Newman.’ That’s my story and, yes, I’m really enjoying my FCA ride!