It’s no secret that many motorists, especially Filipinos, love to hang various trinkets and other items on their vehicle’s rearview mirror. Then there are those who love to drive using slippers—all in the name of comfort. While there’s nothing wrong with decorating one’s car and prioritizing comfort, let’s not forget one very important aspect of motoring: safety.
Safe driving isn’t just about avoiding accidents or being a defensive driver, reminds vehicle infotainment maker Seicane. It likewise means keeping your vehicle as clutter-free as possible. It also entails removing various objects that may hinder your line of sight. Rosaries, Christmas tree-like air fresheners, and other large objects may block your view of the road ahead. Yes, that doggie on the dash may be cool but he has got to go.
Apart from the visibility problem, such objects hanging from one’s rearview mirror may also damage this valuable car accessory. Since it is only glued to your windshield (as in most modern cars), the extra weight may cause it to fall, which can actually cause injury. Again, not good for road and occupant safety.
Besides these, the practice of not wearing the proper footwear can also be a cause of driver error and accidents. Heels, for instance, can get snagged while your feet switch from one pedal to another—such as moving from gas to brake and vice-versa. Then there is the issue of not being able to apply the correct pedal pressure.
Speaking of improper pedal pressure, using platform shoes can also cause this to happen. Since your feet are mounted higher than usual, they are also away from the pedal and thus,, won’t allow you to gauge just how lightly or heavily you’re depressing that pedal.
And then there are the famous slippers. While it is easy for you to simply “slip” them on and off, they can easily do just that while you operate those pedals. And this can be a recipe for disaster0
Just a few safety reminders for a stress- and accident-free journey for you, your loved ones, and other road users. Drive safely, everyone!