Drive Time -- Safety Tips for VT Drivers
Information, tips and reminders from VT State Police, VT Department of Motor Vehicles, VT Agency of Transportation, VT Sheriffs Association, and the AARP Driver Safety Program.
Beware of Flying Objects – in Your Car!
We all know that we should keep ourselves and our passengers securely fastened in safety belts, but most of us are not aware that leaving our stuff unsecured is also dangerous. Items such as a briefcase or purse, tablet or cell phone, groceries or gifts, and even unrestrained pets or passengers, can all become airborne missiles in a crash.
The force of an unsecured object flying through the air is exponential to its weight. So for example, one safety expert estimates that in a crash at 50 MPH, a 16-ounce bottle of water can strike with the force of 21 pounds; a child can suffer a skull fracture from a flying cell phone.
So please remember, this holiday season and always, stow your stuff in seat pockets, console, glove compartment, trunk or crash-tested cargo barrier. Because in a crash, nobody will have time to duck. And buckle up! Everybody, every time.