Make Your Seat Belt Work for You: Customize It

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Make Your Seat Belt Work for You: Customize It

Being a defensive driver means driving to prevent accidents in spite of the actions of others or the presence of adverse driving conditions. In other words, defensive driving means that you are ready for any and all surprises on the road.

To avoid accidents by practicing defensive driving, follow a three-step process of seeing hazards, understanding potential defenses and acting in time.

  1. See the hazard: Think about what may happen as far ahead of you as possible, and never assume that hazards will resolve themselves before you reach them.
  2. Understand the hazard: Review a potentially hazardous situation in your mind after you see it so that you can act quickly and in plenty of time. This will allow you to formulate a defense that will prevent an accident.
  3. Act on the hazard: Once you see a hazard and decide upon a defense, you must act immediately. The sooner you act, the more time you will have to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.

Defensive driving requires the knowledge and strict observance of all traffic rules and regulations applicable to the area you are driving in. Defensive driving also requires a simple task: wearing your seat belt.

Safety First: The Importance of Wearing a Seat Belt

Even though vehicles today are equipped with a host of safety features, there is no excuse for not wearing a seatbelt. Your car might have blind spot detection, but the single most important safety measure in your car is your seat belt. When someone doesn’t wear a seat belt, they’re putting themselves at risk for suffering a serious injury or even death. Seat belts are estimated to save over 15,000 lives in the United States alone each year. Curious how seat belts protect people in a car crash? Here are just a few ways:

  • Seat belts keep occupants inside the vehicle: It’s a total myth that being thrown out of a vehicle during impact is safer than being kept inside. In fact, those who are thrown from a vehicle during a crash are four times more likely to die.
  • Seat belts disperse the force from a collision: When you’re in a car accident, the force of the collision can be dangerous. Using a seat belt helps prevent any one area of your body being impacted by a crash’s force. The seat belt will also keep your body from slamming into the parts of the car that would cause serious injury.
  • Seat belts slow down your body’s inertia: You know how your body moves the opposite way the vehicle turns? The laws of inertia say that a body will constantly be in motion. Now if your vehicle is hit, your body is at risk for moving very quickly in a potentially dangerous manner. Using a seat belt slows your body down by containing it, preventing injury.

Are All Seat Belts Created Equal?

While seat belts are designed differently, they way they function is pretty similar across the board. A typical seatbelt consists of a lap belt, which rests over your pelvis, and a shoulder belt, which extends across your chest. The two belt sections are tightly secured to the frame of the car in order to hold passengers in their seats.

Car seatbelts have the ability to extend and retract, allowing you to easily lead forward with the belt not gaining much slack. When you’re in an accident, the belt will suddenly tighten up and hold you in place. In the next section, we’ll look at the machinery that makes all this possible.

How Do Seat Belts Work?

A typical seat belt system find the seat belt webbing being connected to something called a retractor mechanism. This mechanism has a spool retractor that is attached to one webbing’s end. There is a spring inside the retractor that applies torque to the spool. This movement allows the seat belt to wind up loose seat belt webbing. When you pull the seat belt webbing out, the spool rotates the opposite way, effectively untwisting the spring, This results in the spring tightening up and slack in the seat belt disappearing.

Typically, the seat belt retractor has a locking mechanism that activates when a car is involved in a collision. In general, there are two types of locking system mechanisms:

  • systems triggered by the car’s movement
  • systems triggered by the belt’s movement

 

What Are the Parts that Make Up a Seat Belt?

If you’re confused about what makes up a seat belt, don’t worry. Listed below are the common parts of a seat belt:

  • Two-point seat belt: attaches at its two ends
  • Lap Belt: goes over the occupant’s waist
  • Shoulder or Sash Belt: goes diagonally over the occupant’s chest and shoulder
  • Three-point seat belt: a Y-shaped belt that is the combination of a lap belt and a sash belt. In a collision, the three-point belt spreads out the energy of the moving body over the chest, pelvis, and shoulders
  • Seat belt webbing: part of the seat belt system that is pulled around the person and is tightened to support the person upon impact
  • Seat belt retractor: the winding mechanism that spools the seat belt webbing, allowing the webbing to be withdrawn or pulled back into the retractor. It also locks the webbing in place upon a crash, to restrain and help protect the passenger
  • Seat belt buckles: the piece of the seat belt system that secures and releases the tongue, which is attached to the webbing. The buckle is designed to hold the tongue firmly and allow the seat belt to be fastened and unfastened with very little force
  • Seat belt tongues: the piece that is attached to the webbing and fits into the buckle to secure the seat belt
  • Seat belt pillar loops: the piece above the shoulder of the passenger in a three-point system that is used to guide the webbing over the shoulder and across the chest of the passenger

Am I Stuck with the Seat Belt That’s in My Car?

Let’s face it. The seat belt that comes with your car may not be the best fit for you. You might want a unique color. You might need a bigger belt than what the dealership created. Maybe you would rather have a different type of seat belt in general. Whatever the case may be, rest assured that you’re not stuck with the seat belt that came with your car.

Kwok Shing is your go-to shop for custom seat belts, custom-colored seat belts, and OEM seat belt extenders. We also have seat belt adjuster clips, seat belt buckles, seat belt extenders, seat belt adjusters and seat belt accessories.

Using a custom seat belt or seat belt accessories doesn’t reduce the safety factor of your seat belt. All of our products are rigorously tested to adhere to the latest safety standards. We want to make sure you have the accessories or custom seat belt you need to not only be safe, but to be happy with your seat belt.

Who is Kwok Shing?

We are an industry leader and manufacturer that is committed to producing the safest seat belts. Our R&D team is committed to safety, and our 30 technicians work tirelessly to development new custom products. We have a dedicated team whose sole focus is to ensure the quality of our products.

What Products Do You Sell?

If you’re in the market for a custom seat belt or seat belt accessories, you’re in the right place. We have a wide variety of products, including the following:

  • 2-point seat belt: Our 2-point seat belt can be mounted on the front or rear seat, and includes two seat belts and installation screws. Note that some drilling may be required.
  • 3-point seat belt: Our 3-point seat belt is compatible for any vehicle that has three bolt points. It is easy and convenient to use, and has adjustable webbing length. This seatbelt is ideal for waistbands and has a high safety factor.
  • Seat belt safety accessory: Our belt accessory can help prevent injury to younger children as this clip ensures the seat belt chest strap goes over the child’s chest, not up by their neck.
  • Car seat belt extender: This seat belt extender is adjustable up to 32 inches and functions like an airline seat belt. It is made out of non-corrosive steel and high-strength polyester.

Our product list isn’t limited to what is listed here. We have other products, which can be viewed on our Products webpage.

Summary

Wearing a seat belt can be a life or death decision when you least expect it. It can be tempting to forgo wearing a seat belt. However, fight that urge and buckle up. Your life may depend on it. Remember, wearing a seat belt can protect your body from harm and keep you inside the vehicle. This can decrease your risk of death or serious injury.

If you find yourself wanting a custom seat belt or seat belt accessories, you can place your trust in us. We’ve been in the industry for years, and have the experience necessary to guide you down the right path to making an informed purchase. Your seat belt is your lifeline, but you need to make it work for you. Don’t wait any longer to contact us today. We’re waiting and ready to help you.

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