Q: My seat belt is tight and uncomfortable. How can I make adjustments and still be protected?
Seat belts save lives on the road. Unfortunately, people still end up injured or killed because they are not wearing a seat belt. So why would someone not wear a seat belt and take that risk? A lot of the time, they just don't find the seat belt comfortable. A seat belt that is too tight not only causes people to not wear them, but can actually cause injury. For your own comfort and safety, take a few extra seconds when you get in the car and make the right adjustments.
Move your seat back to free up some extra room. Lower the seat if you are tall or raise it if you are short: Seat belts are designed for individuals of average height.
Get comfortable before you buckle your seat belt. If you sit back while buckling, but want to inch forward during the ride, it's going to seem too tight. If anything, sit forward and then move back a few inches after you are buckled in.
Lay the top of the belt across your chest and not your neck. The belt is going to feel tighter against your neck than your chest. Placing it across your chest is the safe way to wear a belt.
Pull the bottom of the belt over your waist and not your stomach. This is it the safe way to wear it, and the belt will also feel more comfortable against your waist than your stomach.
Buy seat belt pads. These can be found in the car section of most chain retail stores. The extra padding these give might be the comfortable barrier you need between you and the seat belt.
Take your vehicle to a mechanic if your seat belt still feels too tight. The problem might be a mechanical issue with the belt that a professional must repair.