What steps should be taken to carry cargo safely?
Most of us don’t give a lot of thought to the threat posed by the cargo in our cars. Laptops, exercise accessories, backpacks – they can all be threats during an accident. To help reduce the risk of injury to yourself and your passengers, follow these simple steps:
All items that might be thrown around during an accident should be stored away or secured.
Don’t place anything on the back trunk panel under the rear glass. In an accident, they can become airborne and cause injuries. They can also block your view.
Make sure that anything in the floorboards cannot roll under the seat, particularly under the driver’s seat where they might interfere with the pedals.
No cargo should sit higher than the lower lip of the window or it might cause problems with the side air bags deploying.
The glove box should be kept closed. An open glove box can injure the front passenger’s knees or legs in an accident.
Cargo in the trunk should be distributed evenly with the heaviest items on bottom.
Items that might be thrown out of the trunk during a crash when the back seat is down should be secured.
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