6 Ways to Ensure Car Safety Inside Your Car
The first manufactured automobile debuted in 1902. In 1961, Volvo created the first three-point safety belt. That was a big gap of time for such a basic safety feature to have been introduced. Luckily, in car safety has grown from something of a mild consideration back then to an absolute necessity now.
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If you are a regular driver concerned that you’re not doing enough to protect yourself and your passengers, then here are six ways to make the inside of your car a little safer.
1. Secure Everything
One of the most common injuries inside a car comes from objects or people not being properly secured. Children are prone to removing restrains and this can lead to a much more dangerous outcome should the car be involved in an accident.
We asked Pam Prentice, of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, about how to make the interior of the car a safer place for occupants. She told us:
“From our understanding the very common situation that presents the greatest risk to babies is other occupants who are unrestrained. While heavy loads such as suitcases and toolkits would present a similar risk, they are less common than other occupants.”
This this in mind, it’s crucial that you make a proper check that everyone is secured safely. Then pay attention to anything that could come loose, or is loose whilst in transit and secure them also; children’s toys, cups/travel mugs, CDs and mobile devices etc.
2. Sensor Technology
Although laws to protect children left in hot cars is a progressive step in the right direction, there needs to be more done to protect your passengers. If the windows are left closed and children left inside for long periods of time, the results can be devastating. A company has created a ‘smart car seat’ which you install, along with a companion app. It contains sensors that monitor temperature and motion and then relays this information to your smartphone. If the seat gets too hot, or if the child has unbuckled themselves, an alert is sent.
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3. Feng Shui your car interior
The interior of a car can have a psychological impact as well as a physical one. Certain colour combinations can affect a driver’s mental functions in various ways. For example, ‘Type-A’ personalities who like to drive fast may find that red interiors encourage them to continue driving faster.
Conversely, those who are more laid back may find that a red interior would wake them up to a certain degree. This colour might cause them to pay more attention to the road. Consider the colour and style of your interior, especially if you are buying a new car, based on your own personality traits.
4. Control the interior
Whilst we may think that handheld devices are a huge distraction for drivers, studies show that human distraction remains the biggest in-car problem right now. This means we must learn to exercise more control over distracting actions whilst driving. Actions that endanger lives include children being noisy in the back seat, operating handheld devices and changing stations on the radio.
Automating in-car features and making them unavailable to the driver whilst the car is in motion is a step towards making the interior of the car much safer for all occupants. Keeping a hands free kit in the glove compartment at all times reduces the temptation to use phones, whilst installing voice activation software can allow your keep hands on the wheel and not on tuning dials.
5. Provide Entertainment Facilities
As mentioned, human distraction can prove to be a dangerous thing whilst driving. Providing adequate entertainment for children whilst driving can minimise or prevent these distractions. In car monitors and headphones can keep children and passengers entertained with a selection of programs and music whilst you are driving. This can reduce noise and excessive movement that may distract you.
In car monitors and headphones can keep children and passengers entertained with a selection of programs and music whilst you are driving. This can reduce noise and excessive movement that may distract you.
6. Safe foam (future)
Ok, we’re cheating a little. This one doesn’t exist (just yet), but it would be a remarkable way to make the inside of a car safe during a collision. Rapidly deployed foam that hardens on impact and secures passengers in place might just be the next brilliant innovation. Let’s hope that someone manages to create it!
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