Driving Slower May Help Save Your Life

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Driving Slower May Help Save Your Life

A majority of Interstates have a speed limit of 70 MPH. Many people go 80 MPH, but you might want to consider driving slower. Here is why!

When driving, the weight of your car is much higher than when it is standing still. Think of it like a baseball, someone picks up a baseball and it might be a pound or two. When they throw it, it hurts if it hits your arm. It could even knock out teeth. This is because the baseball is going through inertia which basically means it weighs way more when it is flying through the air at you than it normally does when it is not moving.

A baseball weighs a fraction of a pound. Most cars weigh at least 4,000 pounds. Imagine if that baseball hitting your arm was 4,000 pounds. Now imagine it weighing a lot more because it’s in motion like that thrown baseball.

When 2 objects collide, one way to measure the force they hit with is with G-Force. When a car crashes into a wall at 70 MPH if it weighed 4,500 pounds like a light sedan, the people inside would be subjected to 100 G of impact pressure.

To put this is normal terms, a fighter pilot in an F-16 will pass out at a G force of 9. Without airbags, anything above 65 G will probably kill everyone in the car. There is a solution to this though: air bags and cars that are designed to keep passengers safe during collisions.

What does this mean?

Get a car with air bags and a really high safety rating. Airbags slow you down during a crash. Instead of your body slamming into the dashboard or the seat in front of you, airbags intercept the area between your body and the dashboard, giving you an amazingly soft pillow to slow down your body down. Trust us when we say they are worth it.

Consider some of the safest models on the market. They are designed to be crushed, crashed, crunched and shattered while they keep their passengers safe miraculously while their entire car is twisting and smashing around them.


Consider the 2015 Honda Civic Sedan with:


·         Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)

·         Smart Vent Front Side Airbags

·         Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor

·         Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure

·         Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System

·         Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row Outboard), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All)

·         Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor


These features can keep you and your family alive in a car crash. What’s even better is that it also has ways to prevent crashes in the first place. These include:


·         Rearview Camera

·         Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

·         Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control

·         Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

·         Daytime Running Lights (DRL)


Watch this video of the Honda Civics getting wrecked and their crash test dummies getting pulled out completely unscathed. This video is from the IIHS, a regulatory board that judges vehicle safety. They absolutely love this car. Even I the writer have personally been in a car crash with a 2003 Honda Civic where my car was totaled and I walked away unscathed.

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