Ergonomics is an aspect of design that may not come to mind when you think of safe driving. Normally, talks around safe driving include avoiding distractions like phones and food while driving. However, ergonomic design, which is a type of design made to help someone function at their most comfortable is also a crucial part of keeping you and your family safe while driving. In this article, we’ll go over how why ergonomic design is important for safe vehicles, as well as some of the ways that you can help improve the ergonomics of your car to make your driving safer and preventing a car accident.
Ergonomics as a Safety Feature
Ergonomics may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of road safety, but it’s important, nonetheless. An ergonomically designed car will be designed to follow your intuitive movements. For example, the seat will be able to be adjusted to the right distance from the peddles, you won’t have to strain to reach any buttons, touchscreens, or switches, and you won’t struggle to reach the gear shift. These simple design factors will help you react quickly and smoothly in the event of an emergency.
How to Set Your Car Up Ergonomically
Because cars are designed for the average person, setting your car up ergonomically will mean making a few adjustments. The first thing to do is adjust your steering wheel. You should be able to adjust it so that it doesn’t hit your knees, while still being close enough that you can comfortably hold it with both hands. This will enable you to have the most control in the event of something like a car accident.
Next up is adjusting your seat to the correct position and headrest. Your seat should be moved forward enough that you can comfortably reach the wheel, controls, and pedals. It’s also important for the seat to be high enough for you to easily see over the hood of the car. This will enable you to see what’s going on on the road in front of you, as well as speed up your reaction time in an accident. If you’re on the shorter side, it may be worth investing in a height-increasing cushion. For the headrest, make sure that it is around three inches above the top of your head while being lower than your crown. One of the main dangers of an incorrectly placed headrest is that it can obstruct your vision, potentially causing a car accident.
If you struggle to adjust your car on your own, there’s a chance you’ll be able to get it adjusted by your dealership. This is especially true if you have a significant physical difference (like height) from the general population. If your manufacturer or dealership does not modify your car for you and you are in a car accident as a result of their negligence, you may be able to get compensation. If you were injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence in Tampa, FL, contact the Rojas Law Group for a free consultation.
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