Why Putting Your Feet Up On The Dashboard Is A Bad Idea

USATODAY_HumankindPublished: August 17, 2017Updated: August 18, 2017177 views
Published: August 17, 2017Updated: August 18, 2017

There is nothing quite like traveling by car on a breezy summer day with your loved ones, listening to relaxing music and singing along while you plan your trip, while at the same time you have your bare feet up on the dashboard. Well, what seems like the perfect road trip plan is actually dangerous for you, warns the Chattanooga fire department. And why is it dangerous? (apart from smelly feet, obviously)

The standard air bags usually deploy at 100-220 miles per hour, which will basically send your knees through your eye sockets if you are in a car crash. And if that gruesome scenario doesn't change your mind about lounging with your feet up in the car, then nothing will.

And it's not like this never happened. One Georgia woman knows the dangers all to well, because she herself had a similar experience. A few years ago, Audra Tatum was resting her foot on the dashboard when the car she was riding in got in a crash. The outcome wasn't as gruesome as the one we described before, but it was pretty close - she broke her nose, ankle, femur and arm and paid the price of getting a bit too comfortable in the car.

So next time you're planning a road trip, make sure to keep your feet where they belong - on the ground. Nothing is worth this kind of consequences.

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