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Why You Should Move Your Driver's Seat Away from the Steering Wheel

The position of your driver’s seat and steering wheel can play an important role in how safe you may or may not be in the event of a collision. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, recommend drivers position their seats 10 inches or more away from the steering wheel. This is because a steering wheel air bag can expand faster than 200 miles per hour and can generate a force of nearly 2,000 pounds.

To help keep you safe from unnecessary injury, consider these tips:

  • Recline the top part of your seat further back and away from the steering wheel.
  • Move the steering wheel to a position that does not aim at the face or chest areas of your body.
  • Use the adjuster located at the base of the seat to slide your seat back away from the steering wheel.
  • If you are vertically challenged, consult a professional about having pedal adjusters installed. (This can help you reach the pedals without moving your body closer to the front of the vehicle.)

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