Strapped for life or trapped: survey of drivers' knowledge levels and attitudes towards seatbelts and seatbelt law in Zimbabwe

The study sought to assess drivers’ level of knowledge of seatbelts, seatbelt law and attitudes to the seatbelt law using a descriptive survey design. Data were collected from a convenient sample of 180 drivers using a structured interview schedule. The research findings revealed 53.30% correct responses on seatbelt knowledge, 36.94% on seatbelt law and that 47.96% of drivers had negative attitudes towards the law on seatbelts. The findings indicated that there existed some knowledge gaps and that almost 50% of the drivers harboured negative attitudes. The research recommends that the government, using the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe, should increase driver education programmes on seatbelts and seatbelt law following a review of the Defensive Driving Course curriculum. In doing so, this may assist to develop a culture of being ‘strapped for life’ instead of being ‘trapped to death’ by ignorance.


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  • Accession Number: 01528111
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 12 2014 10:00AM