One of the safest choices drivers or passengers can make is to buckle up. In 2015, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt – the national use rate is at 90.1 percent – but nearly 27.5 million still don’t buckle up. Check out NHTSA’s resources about seat belt usage, the benefits of always wearing a seat belt, and the potentially fatal consequences of not buckling up.