When you think of safe driving habits your mind probably lists things like driving the speed limit, avoiding distractions and following traffic signals. However, did you know that the way you adjust your seat can play a significant role in protecting you from serious injury in a car accident?
Understanding the proper way to sit in your car seat and the right way to adjust your mirrors can optimize your visibility and increase your safety.
Finding the right position
When shopping for a new vehicle, take into account your height and weight when selecting an option. Sit in the driver’s seat and manipulate the controls to get a feel for how easily you can access critical components without straining. According to Yahoo! Life, you should have a generous 12 inches of space between your chest and the steering wheel. This buffer can boost your protection from the impact of a car accident, as well as the impact of an exploding airbag.
When adjusting your seat, put the seat in a higher position. The upper part of your windshield should fall comfortably at eye level. You should have a slight downward glance to see the other instruments of your vehicle. Your feet should maintain a steady and planted position on the floorboard. Finding a good balance between adjusting your seat level and your steering wheel position can help you achieve the optimal seating position.
Increasing your comfort
While a proper seating position can boost your protection, it can also enhance your comfort while driving. This may allow you to stay better focused on driving and less on the discomfort of your vehicle.
Make sure that you tightly secure any cargo in the backseat to prevent it from tipping over. This way you can avoid the temptation to reach for things while driving and avoid the hazard of having something fall underneath your feet while driving.