Keep Your Distance: How Close is Too Close to the Steering Wheel?

Keep Your Distance: How Close is Too Close to the Steering Wheel?

Posted By Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C.

Most often, individuals do not consider the position in which they sit
when driving their vehicle. But, take a moment to ask yourself, “How
far away do I sit from the steering wheel? Am I too close? If the airbag
deploys, will I be injured more from the airbag’s impact?”

Most people fail to consider the importance of maintaining a healthy distance
away from the steering wheel to ensure they are safer in the event of
an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a distance
of about ten inches or more away from the steering wheel is the ideal
driving position. Of course, this is due to the impact and power that
airbags produce when deployed. In fact, research shows that the average
airbag generates up to 2,000 pounds of force at a rate of 200 miles per
hour. This means motorists can suffer severe if not fatal injuries in
the event that a car accident occurs, causing the steering wheel airbag
to deploy.

Because our Philadelphia car accident lawyers care about your safety, we
have listed some tips to ensure you remain at a healthy distance from
your steering wheel:

  • Move your seat back
  • To avoid serious impact to the chest or face, tilt the steering wheel slightly downward
  • If you sit close to the steering wheel because you are short, have pedal
    adjusters installed
  • Maintain current distance from steering wheel while reclining the top part
    of the driver’s seat
  • If feasible, utilize pedal adjusters

Because many car companies are aware of these dangers, many have begun
to offer power adjustable pedals to give drivers the option of extra pedal
length. This means short drivers can adjust clutch, gas, and brake pedals
without needing to move their seats closer to the steering wheel.

Injured in an Accident? Call Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C.

Our Philadelphia car accident lawyers at Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer
& Kupersmith, P.C. have the experience and knowledge to defend the
rights of those injured in serious vehicle collisions. If you have suffered
injuries in an accident and believe a negligent, reckless, or careless
driver should be held liable, we urge you to contact our Philadelphia
car accident attorneys right away. We can fight to pursue monetary compensation for you.

To discuss your case today,
call us now! We offer risk free consultations!

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