When it comes to road safety, people often focus on seat belt use and defensive driving techniques. However, many people have not considered the impact of where someone sits in a vehicle. The seat a person chooses can significantly affect their chances of injury in an accident.
Whether a person is a driver or a passenger, it is good to know the risks of different seat positions.
According to PennDOT, the driver’s seat is the most dangerous place to be in when an accident occurs. One significant risk is the proximity to the steering wheel and dashboard. In a collision, the driver’s seat can experience significant forces, potentially leading to head, chest and leg injuries. To minimize this risk, it is crucial to maintain a proper driving position. Drivers should adjust their seats so that they can reach the pedals and have a clear view of the road.
Front passenger seat
The front passenger seat is the second most dangerous part of a car. For one, there is the potential for airbag-related injuries. If the airbag deploys with excessive force, it can cause severe harm to the front passenger. Also, the force of a crash can throw a passenger forward, leading to severe injuries or even ejection from the vehicle.
On top of knowing the unique risks of certain seating positions, it is also important to adopt the right overall attitude. Regardless of where someone sits, prioritizing safety and taking proactive measures can reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident.