Simple adjustments to your seat can keep you safer

Easy adjustments you can make to keep you safer in an accident

Did you know that how you have your seat positioned can affect your safety in the event of an accident? If you’re short (like this blog writer!), you have a tendency to adjust the driver’s seat pretty close to the steering wheel so you can reach the pedals. Research has shown this isn’t too safe.

Sitting too close to the steering wheel can mean you’re at risk for catastrophic injuries or even death in the event of an accident. A steering wheel’s airbag can generate close to two-thousand pounds of force and deploy at speeds greater than 200 miles an hour.

Knowing these facts does make those of us who are height-challenged wonder how we can safely drive. We’ve got to be able to reach the pedals, but we can’t sit too close, either. What a dilemma! Here are some things you can do to help:

 ·      Adjust the tilt of your steering wheel so that it’s not pointing directly at your face, nor  is  it pointed directly at your chest.

·      Move the driver’s seat back as far as possible while still providing yourself enough “leg throw” that you can depress the brake pedal all the way.

·      Give that seat a “lean”. Recline the top portion of the driver’s seat so that the top of your body is further from the steering wheel, while keeping your legs closer to the pedals.

·      Did you know you can have extenders installed on your gas and brake pedals? It’s true! Visit our service department to learn how. This is an excellent option for those of us who struggle.

·      Research vehicles that have adjustable pedals from factory. For example, the Chevrolet Bolt features many different adjustments you can make to keep you safer. The Chevy Suburban, Tahoe, and GMC Yukon also have adjustable pedals.

These next tips apply to short, average, and tall people!

Where your headrest sits is important, especially in the event of a rear-end collision. Most people don’t bother adjusting their headrests. It’s worth it to take the time to do this though; it not only makes driving more comfortable, it can keep you safer. Here’s a chart to demonstrate  proper alignment (chart shows an average height male):

If you use the basic guideline that the middle of the headrest is positioned even with your eyes, and not more than 2 inches behind your head, you’ll have a properly positioned headrest.

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