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Road safety: here are two practices to absolutely avoid in the car

As summer arrives, here are two very common practices to avoid as much as possible. Put your feet on the dashboard and lengthen your seat. And explains why.

In a few weeks, vacation departures will begin. Many families will travel hundreds of kilometers to reach their vacation spot. Journeys often accompanied by bad behavior among passengers. Here is two widespread practices to be avoided as soon as possible to reduce the risks.

Putting your feet on the dashboard, a practice not to do

Who has never wanted to take off their shoes and put their feet on the dashboard? A practice that is very often observed in the summer when going on vacation. A very bad habit to proscribe as soon as possible. Because putting your feet on the dashboard is extremely dangerous. Indeed, road safety specialists explain that in the event of an accident or impact, a serious injury can be caused when the airbags are triggered. Foot or leg fracture, femoral neck or break or spine affected. Numerous accidents have already taken place, each time with dramatic consequences.

A practice which is therefore strongly discouraged, even if it remains authorized. In effect, nothing in France forbids placing your feet on the dashboard. As long as your seatbelt is fastened, you risk no fine. On the other hand, the police are increasing the checks of people in this position to make them aware of the risks involved. Note also that this position disturbs the driver’s visibility

on his right rear view mirror.

Be careful not to lengthen the seat during a long journey

Another position very often observed, the passengers lying in a seat. A practice there also visible during departures on vacation to take a nap. As for the feet installed on the dashboard, when you are lying down, the airbags will not be able to protect you from shocks. The body is in fact too far from the airbag to be stopped by the air cushion. You then run the risk of very serious head or back injuries.

A lying position which is also applied by some drivers. Be aware that in this situation, law enforcement may stop you and ask you to change your driving position. As a reminder, it is recommended that front passengers be between 25 and 30 centimeters from the steering wheel or from the dashboard. It is at this distance that the airbags will protect you best. Also be sure to position the back of your seat and your headrests correctly.

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