Do you buckle up in the back seat?


According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 1 in 5 people admit they don’t wear a seat belt when riding in the backseats of cars because they can’t find it, think the trip is too short to wear it, or they forget to put it on.

What about you? Do you always buckle up in the back? Why or why not?

In general, how would you rate the safety that seatbelts provide when they are used correctly? Do you think using a seatbelt correctly makes it:

Total OR
90 91 Much safer for drivers and passengers
8 8 Somewhat safer
1 1 Neither more safe nor less safe
1 0 Less safe

How regularly do you wear a seatbelt when you are driving a vehicle?

Total OR
95 96 Always
3 3 Usually
1 1 Sometimes
1 0 Rarely/Never

How regularly do you wear a seatbelt when you are a passenger riding in the front seat?

Total OR
95 97 Always
3 3 Usually
1 0 Sometimes
1 0 Rarely/Never

How regularly do you wear a seatbelt when you are a passenger riding in the backseat?

Total OR
81 82 Always
11 12 Usually
4 2 Sometimes
3 2 Rarely/Never
1 2 Doesn't apply

Are you more likely to wear a seatbelt if you’re riding in the front seat, the back seat or doesn’t it matter?

Total OR
81 81 Doesn’t matter
18 19 Front seat
1 0 Back seat

When you don’t wear a seatbelt, what’s the biggest reason for not wearing one?

Total OR
293 152 Those who responded
35 39 Can’t find the seatbelt in the car
33 31 Ride is very short – too short to worry about it
25 28 Forget to put it on
14 13 Seatbelt is uncomfortable to wear
8 8 Feel safe without wearing the seatbelt
5 6 I don’t like how it looks
14 14 Other
5 5 Don’t know

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit pemco.com.

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