The Risks of Sitting Too Close to the Steering Wheel

When we get into our cars to travel to our destination, one thing we do not think about is the location of our seat in relation to the steering wheel. We typically have our seat in a comfortable position that allows us to reach the wheel with relative ease, right?

Let us pose a question for you: What would happen if you get into an accident and are injured by the steering wheel? A lot of us don’t think about how close we are to the steering wheel and how that distance can affect the injuries we get from the accident.

In fact, the Traffic Safety Administration (TSA) recommends that we sit at least 10 inches away from the steering wheel. What are the risks of sitting closer to the wheel than those 10 inches? Let’s take a look at those risks and what we can do to prevent getting injured from the steering wheel in the event of an accident with another driver.

What Are the Risks of Sitting Too Close to My Steering Wheel?

It’s common knowledge that a lot of accidents that happen on the roads these days are caused by distracted driving like texting while driving or driving under the influence. The speed at which you or the other driver is moving can also play a vital role in causing an accident.

But another thing to think about when an accident occurs is how your seat is situated in relation to the steering wheel. When you get into an accident that causes a certain amount of damage, the airbag in your vehicle will deploy.

The airbag is deployed with a force of nearly 2,000 pounds and can expand at around 200 miles per hour. If you are sitting too close to the steering wheel, the airbag can cause quite hefty injuries on your person. This is why the Traffic Safety Administration, or TSA for short, recommends that you sit at a distance of 10 inches or more away from the steering wheel.

What Can I Do to Prevent These Risks from Happening to Me?

There are certain things we can do to prevent us from getting grievous injuries from an impact with our steering wheel. So, what can we do to make sure we aren’t injured even worse because we are sitting too close to the wheel? Here are some tips on how to combat this issue.

  • Push your seat back from the steering wheel. The TSA recommends that we sit at least 10 inches or more away from the steering wheel to make sure we aren’t injured any worse by the airbags. The distance we sit away from our steering wheels can determine the injuries we get from the accident and the severity of those injuries.
  • Tilt the steering wheel down to avoid an impact with your face or chest. Most of us have the wheel locked in place at chest level, right? When we get into an accident, this is the place the wheel will hit when we are pushed forward by the impact of the other vehicle. We don’t want that, so make sure to tilt your wheel down if possible.

If you’ve already been injured in a car wreck, it’s not too late to seek help. Contact us at the Ricci Law Firm, P.A. for dedicated help after an accident. Consultations are free until we win your case! Call (252) 777-2222 now!