I’m afraid no moral support from me about seat belts as I live in Melbourne, Australia and we were the FIRST state in the world to make the wearing of seat belts compulsory. So we started it and the rest of the sensible, mature and responsible world followed. Since then the Oz laws have been tightened to make the driver responsible if any passenger fails to properly wear their belt.
The stats speak for themselves about the huge number of lives saved, but especially the number of horrific injuries avoided. So many people were killed or severely injured going through windscreens and/or simply being thrown out of vehicles, especially rollovers.
After decades of compulsory seat belt wearing laws the only idiots who are thrown out in vehicle accidents, often killed, are teenagers who for some reason make the macho judgement, usually when together, not to wear a belt and we put that down entirely to their time of life when they know everything.
I’ve had my stoma for nearly 4 years. I spend several months each year towing our caravan (trailer) around Oz and often (as the sole driver) drive for 6 or 7 hours a day. I am mindful of the belt pressure on my stoma area and bag but not too concerned about it. Sometimes I have employed Bill’s suggestion of using a clip to hold the belt in a comfortable position of light tension and stop the constant self-tightening.
I haven’t done any research but have wondered if there are any commercial bridge-like devices that may protect the stoma from belt pressure.
For decades my seat belt application in a vehicle has been subconscious and as automatic as breathing.... and I’ll end on that relevant segue