The upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend will send many Americans into their cars for a family vacation. So, for our travel tip of the week, I would like to remind all of our readers to carefully watch where they step.
I suspect most Theme Park Insider readers have the phrase “please keep your hands, arms, legs and feet inside the vehicle at all times” etched in your memories. But maintaining the correct sitting posture isn’t just important for theme park rides. You really should do this every time you ride in a moving vehicle.
Including your car.
It’s tempting for many people “driving a shotgun” in the front passenger seat to stretch by placing their feet on the dashboard. But removing your feet from the floor of the car and putting them above the glove box puts you at a much higher risk of debilitating injury, even in a minor collision.
Sure, you might think you’ll stay safe even if you take a chance, but why take the risk? You can’t control all those other idiots on the road. All it takes is a high-speed slap on the rear bumper to wedge your leg into a position from which even the most experienced yoga master cannot escape injury.
Do you think you can quickly spread your legs in an accident? You can not. Unless your name is “Peter Maximoff” (that’s the Fox version, remember, not the slower, doomed MCU version), that airbag will move your legs long before your brain can send them another message. Dashboard airbags are designed to cushion properly seated passengers, so if your legs straddle this airbag, it will slam your legs up and into the car’s brittle windshield before slamming them into the metal frame of the car.
You don’t walk away from it. It can take a very, very long time to walk anywhere, under any conditions, after that.
If your legs are cramping and you need to stretch, stop. Take a break. Don’t fall into the trap of having to save time and accumulate kilometers at all costs during a roadtrip. Because “all costs” too often turn out to be much more than anyone was willing to pay, in retrospect.
So start early and plan to take enough breaks for everyone to be comfortable while they are properly seated in the car. Roadtrips are my favorite way to travel, but the road demands respect. Don’t drive tired. Don’t drive angry. And don’t drive with someone’s feet on the dashboard.
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