Though just venturing out of Summer and into Fall, for some it still won’t be long before we are wanting to wear a coat. But can that affect how we drive? Maybe not affect how we drive, but it very well could affect how we might survive if in a crash!
You see the bulkier the coat we wear while driving the more likely it is to have that coat negatively impact how our seat belt rests across our lap. Bulky coats, if worn while driving, often cause the seat belt to ride up high across our abdomen. And If the seat belt is high across our abdomen, we are more likely to incur injuries to internal organs if in a crash. That’s because the seat belt will tighten as our bodies are propelled forward, thereby putting an unhealthy stress on our vital organs. Remembering to keep the belt low and across our hip will better stabilize us as well as greatly decrease the possibility of internal organ damage in the event of a crash.
So remember this Ode to live by; uh, or to drive by…(or both!:)
Don’t let a bulky coat affect the placement of your safety belt. If you’re in a crash while the belt is high on your belly, it can turn your “innards” into jelly. Keep the belt low over your hips, and that will do the trick!