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Minimise crash injury: Set that seat restraint properly

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Many people end up in hospital after a vehicle crash or collision because of an incorrect combination of seat and crash restraint (set belt).

Women in particular, MasterDrive’s Eugene Herbert suggests, are more vulnerable because they sit too close to the steering-wheel. So, read on to absorb suggestions to correct your driving position.

“The first: Adjust the distance your restraint allows your limbs to bend, whether or not you press the brake pedal fully, or not.

“Bent knees and ankles can protect those joints during an impact: your right foot is likely to be pressed hard down during the event, your knee joint straight. Both joints can break during the impact as the weight of your body compresses them.”

The same applies to your wrists, elbows – and perhaps shoulder joints.

GET SET, READY, GO: Take a few minutes to read this item – it could save your life. Image: Supplied

”In any case, locked straight arms limit range of motion when moving the steering-wheel and reduce possible evasive action before impact. Your seat inclination should allow bent elbows and free movement of the steering-wheel.

”The ideal positioning: shoulders touching the seat back, wrists resting on the wheel, then move your hands to the steering wheel at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock positions. (Herbert suggests 9 and 3 o’clock, The Corner differs. – Editor)

More protection suggestions: Adjust the height of the steering-wheel so that the instruments are clearly visible;; the head-restraint should be adjusted to your stature to protect your neck from snapping as your body whips backwards after impact.

The back of your head should be touching the restraint’s cushion.

Positioning the crash restraint: ”These restraints are vital to your surviving a crash. The chest webbing should run across your shoulder so your chest absorbs the pressure – one of the strongest parts of your body.

Even the best, most-experienced, drivers can crash so be sure you’re sitting correctly and strapped in properly THE SAME APPLIES TO EVERY PASSENGER! A severe crash can throw an unrestrained rear passenger forward at the same speed as you were travelling before the impact.

You’re not protected from a rear impact.

  • Make sure every child is in a suitable restraint or seat or they could be ripped to shreds going through the windscreen.

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