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Stop Putting Your Feet Up On The Dashboard


As I drive down the Maine Turnpike or I-295, I constantly see people in the passenger seat of other cars (mostly women) with their bare feet up on the dashboard. I’ll be blunt. These people are dumb. 

If you are one those people that put your feet on the dashboard while travelling at 70 mph+ there are some things you should consider:

1. You’re traveling 70+ mph with your feet up against glass. What happens if that glass should shatter?

2. If the air bag goes off, which when it does it travels about 200MPH, say goodbye to your feet at the very least if you’re lucky.

3. If the air bag does go off, it’s more than likely from a head on collision so there’s a very good chance that that dashboard will probably get a lot closer to your body in a very short time. Now we’re talking even more severe injury.

I did a Google search for accidents related to feet on the dashboard and I had to stop looking after the first page I saw. It showed very graphic pictures of injuries that you do NOT want to see. Trust me. You’ve been warned.

If you spend a lot of time and money for pedicures keeping your toes nice and pretty, why would you do the equivalent of dangling them over a blender?

Cars are designed to keep us as safe as possible when occupants are seated properly. That means keeping your feet in the foot well so that if the worst should occur you are as protected as you can be. You’re defeating the safety measure of the vehicle to try to be a little more comfortable. Is it worth the risk?

Stop it. Put your feet down where they belong so you can keep them.

What do you think? Should there be a “feet off the dash” law like we have a seat belt law? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #feetondashboard



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