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Old 5th July 2017, 00:13   #256
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You were both belted, right? What caused the loss of consciousness? Did you bang your heads despite the belts?
I was belted but my friend wasnt thats why he has severe injuries. The car is a write off. I banged my head on the dashboard and my eyelids and arms have cuts because of the glass pieces. I also have seatbelt marks on my chest and below my stomach. I saw the car today and both the front seats have been totally misplaced from their original position. It really feels like a miracle to be alive.

The bystanders told the police that the car must have been at around 80 km/h and went straight into the bus without any noise of braking. No wonder we both had blacked out. A group of cyclists pulled us out and called the ambulance. Thanks a lot to them whoever they were.
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Well, I learned the lesson the hard way. I was giving one of my uncle driving lesson when he oversteered and we fell off from a bridge. None of us were wearing seatbelt. I had a deep cut just below my cheek and some moderate bruises and cuts in my face. One of my finger broke in such a way that the doctors had to operate to bring the bone back to its place. All I can remember is that I hit the windshield multiple time. And then the first thing I saw is lots of blood in the dashboard. Luckily I didn't loose my consciousness. And my uncle surprisingly escaped unhurt. Not a single scratch on him. Thank god we survived that accident. From that day onwards, the first thing I do after getting in the car is belt on.
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Glad that you escaped with minor injuries. Seatbelts are a must, doesn't matter where you're sitting. How is your friend? The windshield has a tuft of hair from inside, looks like he banged into windshield also. Which car is this?

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He banged his head into the windshield and thats his hair. The car is a Polo.
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I'm increasingly noticing that in the rear seat of Uber and Ola cabs, the seat belt buckles have been removed, and a person sitting in the back cannot wear a seat belt at all. This is a major safety issue, and despite bringing this issue to the notice of these companies, nothing is being done about it. Any ideas on how can this be corrected ?
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To add to this, also wear seatbelts when seated at the rear of a taxi, Ola, Uber or otherwise. I was seated in the back and without a seatbelt.. I'll also be honest in telling that there was no seatbelt clip in the back (because the driver had pushed it into the seat, presumably to ensure that 3 people can sit comfortably without that clip digging into their rear ends) and even if the clip was available I would not have used it that day.. I found out how essential it is when the cabbie rear ended another motorist at under 20 kmph and I fell right from my seat into the footwell in the back.
Glad you bought this point up. When getting into an Uber, I always check if the rear seatbelt buckles are out or not. If not, I make it a point to sit on the front seat and belt up. I try to explain to the driver that he should keep the rear belt buckles out but most say that rear passengers find it uncomfortable To hell with comfort. What comfort would they have if they are involved in an accident and get injured?!

On the other hand, I am really uncomfortable if anyone in my car is not belted up. I have had heated arguments with parents/friends/family to buckle up while on the rear seat, some to the point that I refused to start the car unless they abide by my rule. My stubbornness in this regard is only because I feel it may teach some of them how important seat belts are. Need to show this thread to the few who refuse to buckle up and end up not travelling with me!

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I'm increasingly noticing that in the rear seat of Uber and Ola cabs, the seat belt buckles have been removed, and a person sitting in the back cannot wear a seat belt at all. This is a major safety issue, and despite bringing this issue to the notice of these companies, nothing is being done about it. Any ideas on how can this be corrected ?
The only way I see is by rating the cab with the buckles tucked inside lower and giving a written feedback to Ola/Uber about it. When they notice many such complaints coming in, they may realise that this is wrong and needs to be corrected. I have tried to reason it out with the drivers but most of the time it is like punching against a wall.

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The only way I see is by rating the cab with the buckles tucked inside lower and giving a written feedback to Ola/Uber about it. When they notice many such complaints coming in, they may realise that this is wrong and needs to be corrected. I have tried to reason it out with the drivers but most of the time it is like punching against a wall.
I have been rating the cabs lower, tried all social media to reach Ola, Uber, and even traffic police, but nothing seems to work, and almost all the cabs in Blr don't have working seat-belts in the rear seat today.
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Rear seat belt receptors have been tucked somewhere below the bottom seat cushion by the seat cover people in my car also.Thus the purpose is not served,as I am unable to enforce seat belt rule for rear passengers.
Whats the procedure to remove seat bottom and pullout the red receptacles.? Can it be done at home?
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Rear seat belt receptors have been tucked somewhere below the bottom seat cushion by the seat cover people in my car also.Thus the purpose is not served,as I am unable to enforce seat belt rule for rear passengers.
Whats the procedure to remove seat bottom and pullout the red receptacles.? Can it be done at home?
Thanks in advance

I recently had opened the rear seat of my Corolla that is when I had pulled out the receptors but while placing it back I had to take someone's help as things were getting difficult to fit it back and pull the receptors out.
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I banged my head on the dashboard / He banged his head into the windshield and thats his hair.
Amit Jha tweeted some excellent advice (for anyone taking a severe hit to the head):

Make sure you get CT scan of your head done.
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Doesn't a seat belt cause wrinkles in your shirt?

This will spoil the pleats of my silk saree.

We never drive at more than 30km/hr in city limits.

Independence Day is approaching. You still want to shackle me?

Are you not confident of your driving skills?

This will spoil my hairstyle. Do you want me to lose all my hair?


These are some of the questions that i frequently get to hear from my acquaintances, friends, family, colleagues and even the chaps at the service centre.

Over the years I have realised that when people start dishing out these nonsensical objections, only one thing can make them reach for their seat belts and helmets; the threat of being challanned by the cops . Sadly, the fear of losing a hundred bucks is far more effective than the possibility of forsaking one's own life.

A single column report in today's TOI highlights how a lot of accidents are turning fatal due to non-use of helmets and seat belts. To quote:

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28 two wheeler users died daily on Indian roads in 2016 because of rides without helmets and another 15 after failing to fasten their seat belts, according to an analysis of data states have shared with the transport ministry... bike occupants who died in crashes not wearing helmet... total number was 10,135. 5,638 people died for not wearing seat belts in cars in 2016...
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Just next to the aforementioned report, (but in a more prominent manner) appears the story of a man apparently killed in a burning car because he couldn't unfasten his seat belt. It reads:
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Unable to unfasten his seatbelt, a 38-year-old man was burnt alive when the car he was driving went up in flames near Madukkarai on the outskirts of Coimbatore in the early hours of Sunday....could not unbuckle his seatbelt, died sitting in the driver's seat.
The veracity of the alleged cause of death notwithstanding, what is TOI trying to do by printing both these reports side by side? A casual reader is likely to walk away with the impression that it is unsafe to wear the seat belt.

That being said, we must realise that in addition to compelling our companions to belt up, we must also acquaint them of all possible ways of unshackling themselves in cases of emergency.
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