At Caliber, we see thousands of wrecked vehicles every single day, and one thing we know to be true: accidents happen, and sometimes there’s nothing you can do about it. However, when it comes to wearing your seatbelt, there’s always something you can do about it. And that one thing is to stop making excuses and do it. There’s no reason to not wear your seatbelt, and in honor of May’s “Click It or Ticket” Month, we’re buckling up and buckling down on seatbelt skippers.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign was designed to remind drivers that “safety first” means safety belts first. And whether you’re piloting the new 2017 Pontiac Firebird, or the first-ever flying car, The Transition, you better strap in. But if it’s a known fact that seat belts save lives, why do so many people refuse to participate in “Click It or Ticket?” Well, a lot of people believe it’s a ploy for law enforcement officials to generate more money with tickets, and that could not be further from the truth. It’s a notable – and noble – campaign that’s one purpose is to protect. And the numbers to support it are undeniable.

Every year, the stats to back buckling your belt continue to stack up. According to a study in 2014, 58 percent of those killed in crashes were not buckled up. In fact, out of all the vehicle related deaths from 2010 to 2014, more than half were the product of not wearing a seat belt. Which is why you should always put belt safety front and center. That said, don’t think those of you in the front are the only ones this centers around: backseat riders (and drivers) need to wear belts as well. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, riders in the back seat who use lap and shoulder belts are 44 percent more likely to survive in a crash than unrestrained occupants. In passenger vans and SUVs, the likelihood of survival increases to 77 percent. So, what do you say? Buckle those belts and avoid becoming a statistic – unless it’s one of the safe ones.

Since its beginning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that “Click It or Ticket” has decreased traffic fatalities by more than 4,000 people, while preventing more than 72,000 serious injuries. Those are numbers with which you simply cannot argue. So, from May 23rd to June 5th, join us in supporting “Click It or Ticket” and be sure to stay safe, and stay buckled. Because, while Caliber is all about restoring the rhythm of your life and fixing your car on the outside, we’re more committed to keeping what’s inside your car – you – safe.