Today’s vehicles pride themselves on offering great driving experience, which refers both to the way the cars perform in the roads of Missouri, as well as how comfortable you are behind the wheel.
However, are you too comfortable? Certain positions in your car may not be that safe and actually prevent you from acting fast when you need it. Here are some common driving or passenger positions that are very dangerous for you.
Feet on the Dashboard
On a nice drive through a clear road, your passenger may try to stretch their legs by placing them on the dashboard to relax. However, this position is very dangerous in the event of an accident, because the triggered airbag can cause serious injuries.
The accident doesn’t have to be severe. Some airbags are more sensitive and may be triggered even at a small impact.
Sitting Too Close to the Wheel
This is another position that can hurt you in case the airbag is triggered. The airbag will hit you at around 200mph, and the force may be just too much if you are sitting very close to the wheel. You should keep the recommended 10-inch distance.
Driving with the Arms (and Legs) Hanging Outside
Many drivers will let their hand out of the window of the vehicles. Needless to say, this is a very dangerous position, as you could seriously hurt yourself, or even have your limbs severed if another car hits you. Additionally, if you’re driving at a higher speed, your hand could be hit by a number of common objects like trees or poles, and you may not have enough time to pull it into the car before impact.
Not Wearing a Seatbelt
Even though the benefits of wearing a seatbelt are now common knowledge, roughly 11% of US drivers admit to skipping it sometimes. The number of backseat passengers that do not wear a seatbelt is even higher. The fact that legally only the driver and front-seat passenger are required to wear a seatbelt is a possible explanation for this.
However, not wearing a seatbelt can be quite dangerous, even if you are sitting in the back. The car could potentially flip, and without a seatbelt, you are exposing yourself to severe trauma.
Are You the Victim of a Car Accident?
Depending on the circumstances, car accident victims may legally eligible to get compensated for their injuries, property damage, and pain and suffering. If you have suffered because of another driver, reach out to a St. Louis car accident lawyer as soon as you can.
Give us a call 24/7 at (314) 361-4242 for a FREE case evaluation with an experienced attorney.