Thanks a lot for starting this thread:
My practice is
I look around the car before i enter into it (as it is Aria) and than start the engine take it out from my street (around 20mts and than wear the seat belts. I do so because i have to look out from window to see the gap between vehicles parked in my street (idiot people, dont know how to park properly). If there is proper space than i wear my seat belt right after cranking the engine.
Even i ask my co passengers to wear seat belts front and back. Yesterday i ask my parents to wear seatbelts while they were in middle row.
Note: From here onwards i'll make another rule that, i'll insist all the co passengers to wear seat belts while travelling in my car (whether they'll offended or not). Also request all my friends to follow the same for safety purpose.
Regarding Safety Features in Indian Cars: IMO
govt. must enforce basic safety norms and features in all the cars manufactured and sold in India.
1.) Fog Lamps (front and rear both)
2.) Seat Belts for all passengers (already implemented)
4.) Front Air Bags (driver and co passenger)
5.) Some basic Safety Crash Test equivalent to EuroNcap Crash Test V
6.) Reverse Camera or sensors
7.) Fuel cut off and vehicle turn off in case of collision and topple over
8.) Anti Theft system with engine immobiliser
9.) GPS tracking system
10.) Anti Submarine seats (helps people remain in their seat in case of sudden braking)
I call them as basic things but many of them will not agree with me on this.
I know price of the vehicle will increase, but not by many times as if all the manufacturer start using these products in their all models and variants than the cost will come down dramatically.
For eg; an airbag cost around 20k at present but if it would be induced in all the models and variants than the cost will come down to around 10-12k (assumption). Same goes for fog lamps ( in market generally one can go for them in around 2-3k but from company the same thing costs around 5-6k (in swift). But after incorporating it in all the models the actual cost will come down to the same price of 2-3k.
So in a nut shell actual cost of vehicle will not increase by 10-12%. But the kind of safety it will get will be world class.