Basic Car Safety Tips

By Automotive Staff | June 30, 2008
Ever see those extreme sports on television where people pull insane stunts to get the largest thrill out of life? Guess what? You’re almost doing the same thing every time you get into a car.Perhaps you think yourself a good driver and can survive quite well by omitting basic car safety, and maybe you can—until the roulette settles on you. Both crumple zones in the front of a vehicle and air bags are secondary lines of defense when you get into an accident, but neither can save you if you ignore your primary restraint system (PRS), aka the seatbelt. And even the PRS won’t completely prevent injury; it’ll only prevent your body from splattering over the pavement in a glorious splash of red gore. (We never claimed this blog was rated G.) Here are five safety tips from Business Daily:
--Watch your seating position. Most feedback from your vehicle’s interaction with the road is channeled to you via the seat of your pants. These are what give you the warning signals to slow down, or brake. Your handling of the vehicle also plays a factor, of course, but make sure to be seated properly before heading off on the road. --The angle your legs are extended to touch upon the pedals and the clutch also affect your control of a vehicle and in turn your safety. Ensure your legs are between 30-40 degrees so you can easily apply pressure to the brake or the clutch upon stretching. --Your wrists also need the angled leeway to not only drive without strain but prevent them from being broken in a hard collision. This means no gangster straight arm style. --Ensure that your headrest is in the proper position. It should align to the top of your eye level. This is really a precaution should you get a rear collision, which can cause whiplash or break your neck. --Wear your seat belt properly. Duh. Children especially should never be let in the front passenger seat—a collision at a speed as low as 40 mpg can be fatal for a child. Children younger than three years have a 43 percent better chance of survival in a front crash or roll over if sitting in the back seat. Those between the ages of 5-12 also have a 30 percent reduced risk in the back. Keep in mind air bags can potentially be fatal for young children as their bodies are not sturdy enough to deal with the impact. If adults can be injured by the sudden inflation of an air bag, so can a child.