Don't be tempted to sit back on put your feet up on a long journey. The dangers of being in an accident with your feet on the dash could be life-changing.
Maybe you're one of those passengers who like to kick back and relax. Maybe you like to stretch out and rest your feet on the dash? Well, think again, because if you are involved in an accident with your feet on the dash and the airbag is deployed, you could suffer some pretty grim injuries.
Airbags have been a safety feature in vehicles in the UK for decades now but they can turn from being a safety feature to a potential "weapon". Airbags generally deploy at almost 200 miles per hour and if your feet are on the dash, the force of this could send your knees into your eye sockets.
So, it's safe to say that putting your feet on the dashboard is not only dangerous but it can be potentially fatal. In the event of an impact, passenger and driver airbags are deployed from inside the dash. If as a passenger your feet are up on the dash, your legs will be forced upward rather than keeping your legs and lower body secured in a seated position.
Crashes are sometimes unavoidable due to driver mistakes. Vehicle structure, seat belt systems and airbags are all designed to provide crash protection but will only serve their purposes as intended, if the person in the car is in an upright position.
Next time you see feet up on the dashboard remind your loved ones to put them back on the floor and always wear your seatbelt over your hips and across your collarbone to stay as safe as possible.