That's why you shouldn't wear a winter jacket in the car
Created: 01/14/2022 11:57 am
By: Maria Dirschauer
Hats, scarves and thick winter jackets can be a safety hazard when driving.
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In winter it can get uncomfortable in a cold car.
Read here why you should not leave your thick jacket on.
Thick winter jacket, gloves, hat and scarf are standard equipment in winter when you have to go outside.
The ADAC recently drew attention to the fact that this clothing can even have life-threatening consequences when driving in winter*.
Winter clothing when driving: That's why it's dangerous
Winter jackets, scarves and gloves can be a safety hazard when driving.
Hats and scarves
may restrict your
can affect your firm grip on the steering wheel.
boots can make it difficult to use the gas and brakes.
in particular pose a risk: Firstly, a down jacket or a thick winter coat restricts your mobility at the steering wheel.
In addition, your safety is also endangered because the belt cannot fit properly.
The ADAC showed the dangers in a demonstration with dummies.
What to do if your car breaks down on the Autobahn.
ADAC: Simulation with dummies shows that winter jackets are dangerous when driving
An adult and a child dummy in thick winter clothing were strapped into the seat or a child seat.
Then there was a stop at a speed of 16 km/h.
This roughly corresponds to a rear-end collision in city traffic.
The test showed that the transverse strap cut deep into the abdomen of both dummies.
This can lead to
to the intestines, liver or spleen and to internal bleeding.
Because: With thick winter jackets, the belt already lies over the lower abdominal area when you fasten it and has room to move towards the body.
Normally, however, the belt should fit snugly around the hipbones of adults and the thighs of children.
Police officers stop "impostors" on the Autobahn.
How to drive safely and warmly by car in winter
ADAC recommends taking off jackets and coats
before getting into the car
If you don't have a parking heater and don't want to drive off in the cold, you can at least put the jacket on after you're buckled in - although then there's still the point that your freedom of movement behind the wheel is restricted.
You should also buckle up children
without a jacket
; you can have a blanket ready to warm you up and warm it up at home.
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