In our goal to provide easy understanding of our articles, we deem it necessary to discuss a matter that we have already written about but we need to say in more simpler terms – risk profiles.
In the article, Safe Driving Tips Air Bags and On/Off Switch, we have discussed the on and off switch on airbags and have looked at the risk profiles.
One of the risk profiles that people have no control over would be those who are short in stature. Short drivers and their safety in driving is a focus that individuals should still know about.
What are the risk profiles that you should take note of if you want to have safe driving tips?
- People who must transport infants riding in rear-facing infant seats in the front passenger seat.
- People who must transport children ages 1 to 12 in the front passenger seat.
- Drivers who cannot change their customary driving position keep 10 inches between the center of the steering wheel and the center of their breastbone.
- People whose doctors say that, due to their medical condition, the airbag poses a special risk that outweighs the risk of hitting the head, neck, or chest in a crash if the airbag is turned off.
Let us discuss Short drivers.
Another risk profile that deserves looking at refers to short drivers. Here, the drivers who cannot change their customary driving position keep 10 inches between the center of the steering wheel and the center of their breastbone.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Michigan, a safe distance between a motorist and a steering wheel is 10 inches between the center of their breastbone and the airbag cover.
What does the 10 inch distance signify?
According to the NHTSA, “[i]f you now sit less than 10 inches away, you can change your driving position in several ways, to wit:”
- “Move your seat to the rear as far as you can while still reaching the pedals comfortably.”
- “Slightly recline the back of the seat. Although vehicle designs vary, many motorists can achieve the 10-inch distance, even with the driver seat all the way forward, simply by reclining the back of the seat somewhat. If reclining the back of your seat makes it hard to see the road, raise yourself by using a firm, non-slippery cushion, or raise the seat if your vehicle has that feature.”
- “If your steering wheel is adjustable, tilt it downward. This points the air bag toward your chest instead of your head and neck.”
If you follow these tips, you can be sure that you will have a safer driving experience in Michigan, or anywhere else in the United States.
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