We frequently write on this blog about car safety and the challenges of other drivers. However, the improper use of safety devices is a critical component in serious accidents.
Statistically speaking, cars with adequately functioning, appropriately used safety devices reduce the injuries and deaths from crashes. In fact, in 2020, more than half of those who died in a car accident were not wearing a seat belt.
Common car safety tips
Authorities constantly drill the importance of wearing a seatbelt to drivers. Many states, including Wisconsin, have seat belt laws. Yet, seatbelts and other safety features are not exactly intuitive, despite their utility. Here are some tips that may surprise you about how your car is supposed to function:
- Your seatbelt shouldn’t be tight: A proper seatbelt fit should be loose enough for you to move but still closely fitting. Moving the shoulder belt out of the way can lead to severe injuries, especially in an “airbag” seat.
- Airbags without seatbelts are dangerous: The airbag is a rapidly moving cushion meant to keep you safe, but it’s designed to work with a seatbelt, not as a substitute.
- If you have a blind spot, your mirror is in the wrong spot: A side view mirror that sees any part of your vehicle is in the wrong place. The ideal placement for your mirrors means you cannot see your car in the side view.
- Driver-assist does not mean hands-off: Driver assist technology is excellent, but without a driver’s attention, these technologies can make dangerous decisions.
By understanding how your car is supposed to keep you safe, you can work with your car as intended and have a safer drive.
Your safe habits are an excellent legal decision too.
Provably safe, cautious driving is also a benefit if you do get into an accident. If you can establish that you drove in the most safety-conscious way, then the other driver may take a larger share of the crash fault.