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Safer for drivers

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Sitting comfortably in your vehicle is vital to ensure that you not only enjoy your journeys as much as possible (roadworks notwithstanding, of course), but that you also maintain good visibility of the road around you and can react swiftly if you need to.

These are a few points that you should consider when getting comfortable in your vehicle:

  • Do you have a clear line-of-sight over your steering wheel? Your eyes should be at least 8cms (3ins) above the wheel
  • There should be at least 25cms (10ins) between your chest and the front airbag or steering wheel
  • Make sure your seats are adjusted properly
  • Ask a friend to help you adjust the headrest so that the rest cushion is at the centre of the back of your head – not against your neck
  • You should be able to reach the pedals without having to stretch too far and you must be able to push the brake pedal right down as far as it can go
  • Your seat belt should hold you firmly and comfortably and you should easily be able to buckle and unbuckle it
  • You should be able to turn your head to look over your shoulders when changing lanes or reversing
  • You should be able to sit comfortably without stiffness or pain in your body
  • You should be able to get in and out of the car easily.


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