Beware the Hazards Lurking in Your Car

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In the event of an accident flying objects can really hurt you. Suzanne Keane shares some tips on how to stay safe

You may not be able to control what goes on outside of your car but you should always ensure your safety when inside a car! The wrong seating position, flying objects and even your pet can become a hazard if the worst was to happen….

1. Seatbelts
There is absolutely no excuse for not wearing a seat belt. It’s also important to make sure the seatbelt is comfortable so if it’s adjustable adjust it!

2. Airbags
Airbags are designed to explode and inflate in the event of a collision and work in conjunction with your seatbelt. However, it’s important to keep a safe distance between you and the airbag – usually 25cm and should be measured from the centre of the steering wheel.

If you don’t have this clear space between you and the airbag you should adjust your seating position to suit by moving your seat back as far as possible while still comfortably reaching the pedals. If you still don’t have 25cm clear space you should tilt your seat back. If you then have trouble seeing the road clearly adjust the height of the seat up (if your seat is adjustable) or invest in a non-slip cushion!

(If your steering wheel is adjustable make sure to tilt it away from your face and towards your chest)

 3. Flying objects
When possible put everything into the boot – any heavy or sharp object can cause an injury in a collision. If this isn’t possible make sure they are well strapped down.

4. Pets
Your dog may love trips in the car but leaving them run loose is not only a distraction while driving – it endangers your pet and you. Ideally, for a small dog or cat you should have a cage that fits easily into the boot (or into the back seat and strapped in with a seatbelt. If you’ve got a large dog and a hatchback or estate the best place for your pet is in the boot – you can buy a mesh or metal bar divider to stop them from jumping around. Otherwise, a harness that straps to the rear seat belts will keep your pet safe on a journey.

 Suzanne Keane

12th July 2021

Author: Suzanne Keane

A confirmed petrol head with a penchant for Retro VW’s, Suzanne has been taking apart (and sometimes putting back together) her own cars for years! You can follow Suzanne on Twitter at @_suzannekeane

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