This is not supposed to scare you into doing something crazy, just to keep you knowledgeable of what could possibly happen in a car crash. And to be very careful with the weather these days; I saw too many cars flipped over in the ditch and have heard about too many deaths, so be careful out there!
How to die in 0.7 Seconds
Do you know what happens in the first fatal second after a car going 55 miles per hour hits a solid object?
In the first tenth of the second, the front bumper and grill collapse.
The second tenth finds the hood crumbling, rising and striking the windshield as the spinning rear wheels lift from the ground. Simultaneously, fenders begin wrapping themselves around the solid object and although the car’s frame has been halted, the REST OF THE DRIVER’S CAR IS STILL GOING 55 MILES PER HOUR. Instinct causes the driver to stiffen his legs against the crash and they snap at the knee-joint.
During the third tenth of the second, the steering wheel starts to disintegrate and the steering column aims for the drivers chest.
The fourth tenth of the second finds two feet of the car’s front end wrecked while the rear end still moves at 35 miles per hour and the driver’s body is traveling at 55 miles per hour.
In the fifth tenth the driver is impaled on the steering column and blood rushes to his lungs.
The sixth finds the impact built up to the extent that feet are ripped out of tightly laced shoes. the brake pedal breaks off. The car frame buckles in the middle and the driver’s head bangs into the windshield as the rear wheels, still spinning, fall back to the earth.
IN THE SEVENTH TENTH hinges rip loose, doors open and the seat breaks free, striking the driver from behind. BUT HE DOESN’T MIND BECAUSE HE IS ALREADY DEAD, and the last three tenths of the second mean nothing to him.
NOW, WILL YOU BUCKLE YOUR SEAT BELT?
I know this, and a few other things, have started to change my mind on the seat belt rule and how important it really is for most to all of the time. Now there are occasions where people have been in crashes and have come out alive because they didn’t wear their seat belt, but that is very few and very unlikely.