Some things and actions may seem completely harmless, but under certain circumstances they become harmful and dangerous. How to maintain traffic safety regardless of the circumstances - read on.
1. Feet on the dashboard
Many people have the experience of riding with their legs dashingly raised on the dashboard, or even sticking out the window. For example, on vacation, driving along the sea line at a walking speed, you just want to sit down as comfortably and freely as possible. But in no case should this be done.
The fact is that with such a landing, even the smallest road accident entails serious injuries. In a collision at "walking" speeds of about 30 km / h, the seated person risks fracturing both legs. And putting his feet out the window, a person can even get a back injury and even a disability. At the same time, an accident at such a speed with a normal landing does not threaten anything more serious than a couple of abrasions and a fright.
In 2015, in the Moscow region, an accident occurred at a low speed, in which a girl sitting with her legs on a torpedo received a fracture of both legs at once. It would seem that just innocent self-indulgence turned into a serious injury that chained the person to the bed for months of rehabilitation.
2. Headphones while driving
Some drivers wear headphones, even though it's hard to believe. At first glance, using headphones, say, while talking on the phone, is even safer, and this is not a violation of traffic rules, however, headphones have one significant drawback - they isolate the ears from noise. All sounds of the surrounding world in the headphones merge into one continuous low-frequency rumble. "But I see everything, why should I also hear?" - you may ask. Yes, you see, but hearing is one of the main senses, and driving a car, despite the fact that it has become quite common for us, is still an act of increased danger. So, the driver wearing headphones may not hear the horns of other cars, sounds from the road and other vital sounds. Is it worth it?
3. Unnecessary things in the trunk and interior
Extra things that lie in the cabin or trunks (if we are talking about a 2-volume body), in addition to increasing fuel consumption, also obstruct the view back when changing lanes and reversing in a parking lot, which is already quite dangerous. However, these things acquire the greatest danger during an accident. Imagine the speed at which a camera, for example, casually thrown onto the rear shelf, will fly at the head of a driver or front passenger during a collision of a car at a speed of 50 km / h. In such conditions, this camera will turn into a cannonball.
And if a fastened person in a modern car in an accident at such a speed gets off with only a small injury to the ribs received from a seat belt, then our imaginary camera will mean one hundred percent death right on the spot. It's not a fact that even a headrest can help.
4. Driving with the seat pushed far back
Many drivers like to move the seat as far back as possible to achieve a relaxed position. And some "experts" even recommend doing this, they say, in this case, in an accident, there is less chance of injury. All this, of course, is sheer stupidity.
There are clearly described rules for the correct landing of the driver, and these rules are written in blood. According to them, the driver must sit so that when the clutch pedal is fully depressed, an angle of 120-130 degrees is formed in the knee joint, the angle in the pelvis must be - 90 degrees, hands must lie by analogy with the clock dial at "9" and "3 "And form an angle of 130 - 160 degrees at the elbows. Racers like to sit even closer to the steering wheel in order to more accurately feel the road and be able to rotate the steering wheel faster, but it makes no sense for a civilian driver to sit like that.
If you sit too far from the steering wheel, then the angle in your hands will increase, the necessary lever will disappear and the steering speed will drop - the driver will no longer be able to adequately and quickly respond to the road situation. In addition, forward visibility is impaired in this position. And in the event of an accident, the likelihood of a serious fracture of the arms and legs increases significantly. Indeed, in the event of an inevitable collision, the driver will instinctively try to straighten and strain them. If properly seated, he will not be able to do this completely, and during the impact they will bend to the natural side. Sitting on the pushed back seat, nothing prevents the driver from fully straightening both arms and legs … Well, then everything is, in general, clear.
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