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.
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:
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.