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Basic Seat Belt Safety Adapted from Information by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration One of the safest choices you can make both at home and on the jobsite is to buckle up. Of the 37,133 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, 47% were not wearing seat belts; being buckled up saved nearly 15,000 lives and could have saved more if people had been wearing seat belts, and wearing them correctly. To get the most from your seat belt, remember the following: 1. Buckling up is the single most effec- tive thing you can do to protect your- self in a crash. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Being complete- ly ejected from a vehicle is almost always deadly, but being buckled up during a crash helps keep you secured inside your vehicle. 2. Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them. In fact, the safest way to ride is bucked up in a vehicle with air bags. If you don’t wear your seat belt, the force of the air bag rapidly opening could injure, or even kill you. 3. Wear your seat belt correctly. The lap belt and shoulder belt should be secured across the pelvis and rib cage, which are better able to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body. Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck. The lap belt rests across your hips, not your stomach. You should NEVER put the shoulder strap behind your back or under an arm. Whether it’s your work truck, drill rig, or personal vehicle, you should make sure you are always wearing your seat belt no matter what seat you are in.  Oil/Water Exploration by Harold White I was called to do an underground channel survey up on a mountaintop. They had a water locator there already, and wanted a second opinion. They had a best friend who mentioned I had located their site and drilled the well. So I went to the place and they showed me the well sites that had been chosen. I checked them all and explained why I would rather drill in a different place. They said they were depending on me to find a good place to drill; that they wanted a well to produce water, not just an easy place to set the drilling rig up. I found a place where ten underground creeks crossed each other, then showed them the location. I explained all different levels of water could be drilled into it, that it was the place I would drill the well. They said okay. I then started test- ing the creeks to see if any had salt water. I checked four and found no salt. Everyone knows salt water is not something you want. Very few land plants can live on it. The ocean is a different thing, it takes all of the underground and aboveground salt it can get. There are lots of underground saltwater creeks flowing into the ocean. All of the land masses above sea level have been cleaned by the rain cycle washing off the salt and all the other impurities since the beginning millions of years ago. It does seem like all the salt should have been washed away at least a million years ago, but it has not. There are lots of underground salt creeks and rivers washing off the lands around the world. Every time I drill a water well, I check some of the creeks beforehand to find out if any are salt creeks. Some areas have so many salt creeks, it is sometimes hard to find salt-free water creeks. Harold Harold White may be contacted via e-mail to 25 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® AUGUST 2020 WTR