I’m a lawyer – this driving tip could save your life in an accident
- Attorney Adrianos Facchetti shared life saving car advice in a viral TikTok
- He said sitting at least 10 inches away from the wheel could prevent injury
A TikTok attorney posted a viral video sharing his driving advice that he said could save your life while in your car.
Adrianos Facchetti, a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, said one simple adjustment to your routine could leave you better protected in an accident.
His big piece of advice: ‘Stop sitting so damn close to the steering wheel.’
Facchetti, who founded Law Offices of Adrianos Facchetti in 2006, said it is a simple error that you may not even realize you are doing but that it could be the difference between a major or minor injury.
Facchetti said sitting further away from the steering wheel can prevent injury from airbag force
‘When you got in your car today you probably plugged in your iPhone or turned on your radio and if you’re a really safe driver maybe you checked your mirrors and adjusted them,’ said the attorney.
‘But there is one thing, I bet you didn’t do and it could be the difference between a minor injury or a major one and it’s so simple that you’re going to say that it can’t possibly be so effective.’
He said sitting too close to the wheel could have deadly consequences in an accident.
‘Did you know that airbags inflate at 200 miles per hour and produce up to 2,000 pounds of force? So, if you’re sitting too close to the steering wheel the airbags can cause serious injuries but that’s not all.’
‘If you’re too close glass from your windshield can cut you in a crash and if the front of your car collapses your steering wheel can even trap you in place,’ said the attorney.
Facchetti offered two simple solutions to help prevent this from happening.
‘Number one, you want to keep at least 10 inches away from your steering wheel and number two make sure your steering wheel face is down. This will minimize a serious impact to the chest and face.’
Some commenters insisted they do not have a choice but to sit close to the wheel because of their height.
One user wrote: ‘Sorry I’m short. Sounds like car manufacturers need to fix the issue, cuz I sure can’t.’
‘Sorry I’m short. Sounds like car manufacturers need to fix the issue, cuz I sure can’t,’ said another.
Others suggestion the distance between the wheel is a problem for the automakers to fix.
‘Sorry I’m short. Sounds like car manufacturers need to fix the issue, cuz I sure can’t,’ said one commenter.
‘Make cars with pedals that adjust for shorter people.’
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety analysis found there were 39,508 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2021 in which 42,939 deaths occurred.
This resulted in 12.9 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.37 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.