Some British motorists do not wear a seatbelt because they think they are unlikely to be involved in an accident if they are only going on a short journey, it has been revealed.
Research from Direct Line found that 19 per cent or motorists confessed to driving without a seatbelt, despite statistics showing that 29 per of collisions occur within one mile of home.
Last year 34 per cent of people killed on the UK's roads were not wearing seatbelts and 20 per cent of motorists admit they let their children travel in a car without wearing one.
Maggie Game, head of car insurance for Direct Line, said: "Modern seatbelts have been with us for 50 years, and it is time fastening a seatbelt became second nature."
According to the BBC, over the past six months police have caught more than 3,500 motorists in the Thames Valley not wearing a seatbelt.
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