Seatbelts: curious facts: tips from experienced motorists, review of new cars
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Seatbelts: curious facts

Did you know that seatbelts have been around more than a hundred years? And for all these years they saved many lives in the air and on the ground. Originally this simple accessory had nothing to do with road cars. Amateur safety belts appeared at the beginning of 20th century when first enthusiastic engineers were trying to reach the sky. In 1913, French aviator Adolphe Pegoud managed to strap himself in the seat of his airplane while looping a loop. And by doing that he was flying invert.

There was no reason to implement seatbelts on the very first new cars because there were not too many of them, the speed was low and there were almost no chances to get in an accident. First car seatbelts appeared in 1930s after the beginning of mass construction of highways. In 1950s Ford cars have started using new seatbelts called “two-point” seatbelts that looked like the ones used now on airliners. All Ford cars were equipped with such seatbelts. However the most effective seatbelts are “three-point seatbelts” invented by Swedish innovators.

Modern cars are impossible to imagine without this safety gear: any new car of any price must be equipped with a seatbelt. Nowadays racers strap themselves in with special five-point seatbelts that hold them tight in the driver’s seat. But a modern driver wouldn’t like to have a racing seatbelt ‘cause it wouldn’t let him or her reach even a glove box. Be careful and always fasten your regular seatbelt. Remember that it can save your life!