Is backseat the safest place in car? New study says otherwise!


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We believe that the back seat is the safest seat in a car but a new study has emerged saying otherwise. Check how the front seat isn't the "death seat" any more!

A widely accepted theory believes that the back seat of a car is always the safest place for a person to sit. And Naijauto believes that this theory is the reasons parents resorted to keeping their babies at the back seat.

1. Front seats are safer in head-on collisions

However, a new study has emerged to debunk the conventional wisdom on the issue of seat safety.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently conducted a study with regards to seat safety. And their findings reveal that the front seat offers more safety than the back seat, in the event of a head-on collision (a collision where two oncoming cars hit each other from the front).

Now, bet you are surprised. You should!

The research was carried out using 117 fatal crashes which comprise of older children and adults that wore their seatbelts, according to USA Today.

The improvement in safety standards over the years brought about the change. So for this reason, the front passenger seat which was formerly known as the "death seat" no longer poses a risk to passengers.

In the study report, the IIHS President, Dr. David L.Harkey also confirmed he did not mean the back seats had become less safe. He emphasized on the increasing safety of the front seats.


Parents keep their children in the back seat because they believe its the safest place in a car

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3. Safety tips recommended by the researchers

With this new research, what should you do? Here are 3 safety tips you should adhere to whenever you are on the road.

3.1. Always buckle up

The seat belt has a purpose: to keep you in your seat and reduce injuries during a crash. If you want to stay safe while on the road, put on your seat belt. You should wear it before the car starts moving and then unfasten it when you are about to alight from the car.

3.2. Keep it down

When you're inside a moving car, stay calm. Don't try to engage in any heated argument with the driver or cause commotion wherever you are seated in the car-front or back. It has a way of distracting the driver from concentrating on the road. Relax and you will get safely to your destination.

3.3. Keep the small children in the back seat

Yes, we’ve seen IIHS's findings but car safety experts are still advising that parents keep young children at the back seat. Their reason being that with the forceful way airbags burst open, it won't pose a risk to young children. The fact is these airbags are designed for adults.

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Jane Osuagwu
Jane Osuagwu

Jane Osuagwu

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Jane Osuagwu is an automotive writer at She's a car enthusiast who loves creating educative and informative topics on cars, ranging from maintenance tips to updates on the latest trend in the auto industry in concise and friendly writing. 

Jane is also a blogger and loves reading, inspiring people and getting involved in personal development projects.

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