4 simple car safety tips.

Here are some simple tips for your and your co-passenger safety when it comes to driving around. While the technology outstretches itself to provide us with cushions like ABS, EBD, Air bags, etc, old school seat belts still form the major backbone of safety. 

1. An impact at even 48kmph is same as falling from 3rd floor of building(9m)*


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Similarly, an impact at around 103 kmph is same as falling from 14th floor and hitting the ground!!!

NEVER think that you need seat belts only at high speeds. Even at low speed collision it saves from injuries. In fact at lower speeds the air bags may not deploy and at high speeds, the seat belts provide you with most of the barrier and aid the air bags considerably and technically they are much more important than any other thing, including air bags. Simply put : always wear a seal belt. 

*You can punch in any height to check the impact velocity here. Note that typical building floor is around 3m high. https://www.angio.net/personal/climb/speed.html 

2. Always, adjust the head restraint to cover your head. 

This will prevent severe head and neck injury in case your vehicle turtles up(goes upside down). The importance of this small little barrier to your safety is such that it's a mandatory requirement in many races around the world to pass a severe impact test otherwise car is deemed unfit for racing. Also never remove the head rest completely, as that may lead to severe fatigue injury to your neck even in course of regular driving.

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3. Always be in control of your speed. 

Follow speed limits for your own as well as safety of others. Most of the crash tests including the famous European NCAP tests are done in too optimistic circumstances*. In real world, you can never be sure of safety even with all the advertisement promising you 6 air bags and collision protection systems. Most of the accidents at lower speeds are minor while most high speed collisions make their way into statistics. This does not mean that you need to drive at a snails pace but try to stay within the speed limits and drive in your comfort zone. Added benefit is having lower bills for your fuel costs.

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*NCAP tests are done at 64kmph with static target which is 'similar' to 2 cars colliding each other, each travelling at 32kmph.

Don't talk on phone while driving. 

This is lots of potential for safety concerns. Distraction is one of the causes of accidents and could be easily avoided. Even speakerphones can be dangerous as physically you may have hands on the wheel but your mind is somewhere else. Your reaction time may increase or you may not see an approaching danger. Also, the habit of texting or working with an app while driving is even more dangerous than talking over phone. Secondly, and less importantly it's the cellular radiation buildup so you should avoid prolonged conversation while inside your vehicle.

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It's best to park and get outside the car and finish your call. This may sound strange but making a call inside your car induces the buildup of cellular radiation inside the car cage, way beyond the SAR limits at times. It exposes not just you but others into harmful radiation and any conversation beyond a few seconds should be avoided.

Get outside and talk>Park and talk>Speaker phone >  handset conversation while driving > Any hand held activity with phone like texting. 

Lower your window pane while reversing and parking in closed spaces.  

At times, you need aural feedback in addition to the visual feedback, especially while reversing your car. The mirrors don't show you everything and there may be parked vehicle in your track right in the blind spot or some people in the worst case. Being able to listen for people calling for help could be essential in these cases. At times I have saved a poor dog that would be sleeping under the wheels or prevented hitting a randomly parked two wheeler outside my initial sight when I heard the cry for caution.

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I had witnessed a potential death at an instance. My brother in law was reversing his car from the parking lot, right when he started to reverse, a small girl came in her kid scooter and fell collided with the car. It was invisible as she was too low from the line of sight of the rear view mirror. As the car kept on reversing, she came under the wheel and was about to be crushed. Thankfully by this time, we rushed to gesture him to stop immediately and take the car slightly forward and pulled the kid out. She survived with minor injury to the legs.
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Arindra Mishra

A blogger, a photographer and an Engineer. I write about technology, engineering and photogrpahy.

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