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I, being an American, have been using seat belts all of my driving days(I started driving in the fall of 1975, acquiring my driver's license in August of 1975). I recall driving my Dad's 1963 GMC Jimmy pickup with a 3-speed manual tranny and not wearing a seat belt, ever. I think that was before they were a federal law mandating seat belt usage. Sometime around 1964 or 1965 they became a law. I remember vividly my parent's 1973 Plymouth Gold Duster having seat belts, oh yeah.

And, one of my parent's cars I drove a lot that I would love to have today was my Dad's 1966 VW Fastback. Baby blue and 4-speed manual tranny and, yep, seat belts. I totalled that car and Dad had it rebuilt to specs. I thought my brakes would work fine in the newly fallen Washington state snow in Dec. of 1975. I was showing off for my friend in the passenger seat in a furniture store parking lot. I remember saying "watch this."

I did some doughnuts and came out of the last doughnut gunning the accelerator. Then, I realized I was heading towards a landscaped area and attempted to avoid a collision with the landscaping area by smashing on the little German car's brakes. BAM!! I plowed in to a large boulder and the VW Fastback in baby blue hit the rock and jumped up on top of it, resting there, all broken up in the front end. The horn piece of the steering wheel broke off, I cut my wrist and my friend and I both bumped our heads on the ceiling of the car.

It was still snowing and my friend took his T-shirt off and wrapped up my wrist in it. It didn't need stitches and our sore head-tops were gonna be OK.

Dad took it to a shop and had it repaired, apparently he loved the car as much as I did. IIRC we had our seat belts on, but, I don't know for sure because I don't know if we would've hit our heads on the rooftop if we both had our seat belts on. I have driven since then quite carefully all the way up to the present time. I took that mistake very seriously. I've been in a couple other car accidents since then but none of them my fault. That is my only car accident that was my fault, in my life of driving.

Seat belts, although sometimes annoying, are worth having on and are a good driving habit to get in to.
 

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Truedat, pia watson. I do have this weird habit of putting my seat belt on while I'm just starting off on my journey. It's like I think I'm saving some time that way! I do put seat belts on, though. I've got to.
 
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