How to Prepare for Comfortable & Safe Driving

You see “buckle up” signs all across the country and wonder if there are still people who ignore this simple safety tool. A quick look at statistics shows 15% of motorists still don’t wear them. And over 50% of traffic collision related deaths are due to passengers and drivers not wearing seat belts. This goes to prove how important it is to make sure you and passengers are buckled up before you pull off for a safe and comfortable ride.

Next, drivers need to make sure they are sitting comfortably so that they can see the road ahead properly and drive without overstretching or causing aches and pains later on. They should also check all the tools they need are ready to help them drive safely and get out of accidents with minimum injuries. Every little adjustment helps them to avoid collisions and increase the chance of making it alive in case of crashes.

Huge amount of money is dedicated to auto safety research and development. Every day new features come out to allow owners to adjust anything they like in their vehicles. So, use those knobs, levers and buttons to get in a comfortable position before you start driving. Here are the key adjustments you should make.

best driver positions

  1. Your Seat

There are several ways of adjusting it. You can move it front, up and control the backrest the way you like. You should aim to achieve a few important functions by making changes to the position. You should be sitting high enough to see the road over the steering wheel and hood. You should make sure that you can apply the brake without needing to stretch your legs.

Also you should give enough space between the steering wheel and your body to allow the airbag to deploy properly. This gap should be about 10 inches or 25 cm. Arms should be slightly bent when you put hands on the steering wheel. Front passengers should be pushed back to avoid blocking the side mirror and because the airbags on this side are generally larger.

  1. Seatbelt

Buckling up secures you in cases of crashes and works miracles in combination with airbags in saving a life. It helps distribute the impact nicely on the parts of the body that can sustain the force better; shoulders, ribcage and hips. Seatbelt should go over the shoulder and nicely across the chest for safety. You should never tuck it under your arm or leave it behind the back.  If possible, adjust its height to make sure it doesn’t rub on the neck or sit too low across the chest. The lap belt should go nicely hip to hip, avoiding abdomen. It shouldn’t be too loose or tight.

  1. Your Headrest

Positioning it right and adjusting its height properly reduces the risk of whiplash when hit from behind. The top of the headrest shouldn’t be higher than the top of your head and lower than the top of your ears. It is not a good idea to tilt the backrest far back because the headrest shouldn’t be more than 4 inches or 10 cm away from a head.

  1. Side Mirrors

First of all, make sure that they are clean from dirt, snow or ice. Then, adjust the mirrors so that you can barely see your own car but see the cars beside you and on the next lane. This way, you will be able to see the vehicles around you in relation to your own position. Remember that side mirrors are there to tell you about the cars around you and not to watch the side of your own auto.

  1. Rear View Mirror

Ensure that you can see the entire rear window through it without shifting your body or straining the neck. A quick glance should be all it takes.

Take a minute or two to make sure that these are all set comfortably and in a way to increase safety. Today, cars come with all sorts of advanced features. But vehicles are still driven by people and their actions are usually what determine the outcome.