Have we planned the holiday trip? Loaded up the car and ready to go?

Don't forget to wear your seat belt. An interesting fact is that the seat belt is older than the first car - already over 5000 years old. The first belts were created in the Bronze Age and were used to easily carry valuables and weapons.

In the late 19th century, the English scientist, George Cayley, created the first harness for a vehicle - for a glider. However, the patent for this invention came years later, when Edward Claghorn, in 1885, integrated the belt for cars as well. The goal of the American was additional security for travelers in New York taxis.

50 years later, the first tests began to establish the effectiveness of the seat belt. The creator of the modern belt, Nils Bohlin, was hired by Volvo to optimize the design and functionality of the belt. His prototype protects both the upper and lower body of the driver and the passengers, as it fastens diagonally across the torso, rather than horizontally across the stomach as before. According to Volvo statistics, by the end of his life, Bohlin and his invention saved more than 1 million lives in just 40 years.

In 1976, Germany made seat belts mandatory for front seat passengers. The then head of AZT (Allianz Zentrum für Technik) - Max Danner - made a big contribution to the introduction of this law.

More than half of the young people killed in road accidents were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. This thin piece of fabric reduces the danger to front seat passengers by up to 55% and the overall risk by up to 60%.
The next time we drive off, let's remember that someone is waiting for us to get home. It only takes a few seconds to buckle up, but this device with over 5,000 years of history can keep our family smiling this holiday season too.