Wear Those Seat Belts!

RV Security and Safety Badge.

I know that many of you never wear and never will wear your seat belt. Are you prepared for the consequences? A pretty harsh question, but in recent weeks there have been many reports of RVers being involved in collisions resulting in being ejected from the vehicle they were riding/driving in. Some of these were motorhomes, their towed, their tow vehicles or the OHV they use for fun.

It has been decades since I took driver’s education, but I still remember the movies shown in class, such as “Room To Live,” where the host explained that by staying confined inside the vehicle even in horrific accidents, the occupants survived. I have included that video in this post and it still has relevance today.

Recent incidents prompted me to write this post, here is a very brief summary of three:

A couple in their motorhome were involved in a collision with another vehicle and both were ejected through the windshield, they impacted the ground a dozen or so feet from where the motorhome stopped, fatal for both.

Just a few days ago some folks were out in their side by side utility vehicle and something happened that caused them to leave the road/trail out of control, rolling down a hillside. Both were ejected whether completely or partially because they were not wearing their seat belts. They both required air evacuation to a hospital and remain in critical condition.

And another I read about, involved a pickup towing a bumper pull camper that started to oscillate out of control that caused the pickup to lose control and flip onto its side…ejecting the driver out thru the closed driver’s door window. The passengers were tossed around inside, all sustaining severe injuries. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

These people didn’t start their day thinking that their life clock had wound down to the time when it was their turn to be involved in an accident…it just happened.  Remember when such an event happens, its not just you who is affected…others may be accompanying you. A family member or friend may be the one picking up the pieces so to speak handling your long term care or funeral.



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Gerald Voigt

Gerald's interests are wide and varied. His work career started in the United States Air Force and since then has worked in logistics management, retail & service management as well as manufacturing. He's an author, photographer, pilot, radio show host and marketing consultant who enjoys RVing which allows him greater freedom to explore, meet new acquaintances and serve his clients.