Safety belts

Wearing a safety belt can halve the risk of death or injury in a crash. They stop you being thrown from the car in a crash. They also allow you to 'ride out' the crash, moving in the same direction and at the same time as the car. This lessens the likelihood of you colliding with the interior.

While all cars, vans, utes and four-wheel drives must have approved belts, the legal requirements for safety belts differ depending on the type of the vehicle.

The outer seats (including the driver's seat) of most cars, vans, utes and four-wheel drives must have three-point (lap-and-diagonal) belts. Legally, you can have two-point (lap) belts in centre seats, but three-point belts provide better safety.

All safety belts must be in good condition. Have your safety belts checked immediately if:

  • the buckles are not working properly
  • the belt is damaged or faded
  • the belt starts to fray.

Modern advances have improved the performance of, and protection offered by, safety belts. Find out more about safety belt features such as pretensioners and adaptive restraints.

By law you must wear your safety belt so that it can support and protect you if there is a crash. Children must be in approved child restraints according to their age and size. See more information on safety belt requirements.