You’re late for work and you jump in the car to get on the road.
What are your first thoughts? Chances are, they aren’t, “Gee,
I sure am sitting in the perfect position in relation to my steering wheel.”
In fact, it is safe to say that majority of drivers never or rarely consider
the amount of distance between their driver’s seat and the steering
wheel. But, did you know the answer to this question can actually help
you determine whether or not you are seated in a safe place in your car?
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration along with
the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that roughly 10 inches
or further is an optimal distance between a driver and their steering
wheel. Why? Due to the amount of power that an airbag can produce when
it deploys, a further distance from the steering wheel will lessen the
severity of impact that a driver faces in an
accident. Research has proven that steering wheel airbags can produce up to 2,000
pounds of force at a rate of 200 miles per hour.
To keep you safe, our Greensville car accident lawyer has shared some tips
to help you find a position for your driver’s seat that will keep
you both comfortable and safe:
- Make sure your steering wheel is faced downwards to avoid serious impact
to the face and chest
- If you feel the need to sit closer to the steering wheel due to your height,
consider the installation of pedal adjusters
- Maintain the distance of the base of your seat while reclining the back
of the seat
- Move your driver’s seat back and slightly recline the top portion
Because many vehicle manufacturers are noticing the severity of injuries
caused by driver’s seat airbags, many have begun manufacturing pedals
that are adjustable, allowing drivers to take advantage of an additional
3 inches of clutch, gas, and brake pedal length without needing to move
their seats closer.
Were You Injured in a Car Accident? Call Jordan Law Center
If you were involved in a car accident and think another driver should
be held liable for your injuries, we urge you to contact
our Greensville car accident attorney today. We can stand by your side and examine the details of your case
in order to pursue maximum monetary compensation for you.
We have recovered millions of dollars for the people of Greensville.
Call us today!