WASHINGTON — Driving on the roads is dangerous, but it’s also a good way to learn and get some exercise, according to a new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The study, released Monday, found that drivers who had a seat belt on at least 30 minutes a day had a 75 percent lower risk of a crash than those who did not.
A belt, or seat belt, is a belt that attaches to the seat of a car or truck to keep the driver’s body and head from sliding down the seat.
While a seatbelt does prevent a crash, it doesn’t always prevent an accident, the study said.
According to the study, wearing a seat can reduce the risk of head injuries and neck injuries.
Researchers used data from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Pediatric Survey, which measures children’s health and safety among families and school districts.
They found that the risk was lower among drivers wearing a belt for a full year compared to those not wearing a harness.
There were 1.9 accidents per 100,000 drivers in the study compared to 2.4 accidents per 1,000 belt-worn drivers.
Dr. Scott Brinkley, the head of the NHTSA’s Office of Traffic Safety, said the results show how the safety of drivers is a critical factor when designing our safety belt policies.
“The American Academy is committed to reducing the number of deaths and injuries on our roads and highways,” he said.
“Our study found that a seat belts policy that reduced crashes by 75 percent and a belt policies that reduced injuries by 75% reduced fatalities by more than 2,500 deaths and nearly 2,600 injuries each year.”
The study also found that seat belts increased safety by reducing the likelihood of people falling asleep while driving.
But not all states have a seat-belt law.
The study focused on the 20 states with the highest number of fatalities per 100 million people.