PANIC STATIONS

This article reports on the test of a new rig that shows how it is possible to emerge unscathed from a vehicle damaged in a collision. Audi's Driving Experience exhibit at the Bedford Aerodrome in England has a car fitted to a roll-over rig, which shows drivers how they can climb free of a vehicle in the event of a crash. The chances of survival are much larger than expected. Only about 0.5% of car crashes result in a fire. In most cases, the car's windows will still operate if they have not been blown out, and the doors will open. There is no need to be hasty, and head, neck, and back injuries are often suffered by people trying to get out in a hurry. To avoid such injuries, the driver should not immediately undo his/her seatbelt or open a door. Adequate thought and preparations should be devoted to the escape. With the help of illustrations, the article gives step-by-step procedures for: (1) climbing out of a car on its side; (2) climbing out of an upside-down car; and (3) escaping from a car in water. Audi's roll simulator allows drivers to practise safe methods of escape. To minimise injury risk in a crash, loose objects, such as briefcases, should be kept in the boot. Above all, do not panic if involved in a car crash.

  • Corporate Authors:

    DENNIS PUBLISHING LTD

    30 CLEVELAND STREET
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  W1P 5FF
  • Authors:
    • FREEMAN, V
  • Publication Date: 2000-6-28

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 28-30
  • Serial:
    • AUTO EXPRESS
    • Issue Number: 608
    • Publisher: DENNIS PUBLISHING LTD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00799620
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 6 2000 12:00AM