After spending a day driving with Lexus we had some safety information to share with you. Here it is:
When driving make sure your hands are at 9:00 and 3:00. Nine and three is fine for me. Many of us learned to drive with our hands at 10:00 and 2:00, but airbags make that an unsafe habit.
You should just barely see your own car in your side mirrors. Many mirrors are been pointed too close to the body of the car. By having the mirrors out to the side a bit more, you reduce your blind spots significantly, almost completely on the passenger side.
Your steering wheel should point to your chest. Heaven forbid you get into an accident where you need those airbags, you don’t want them to deploy into your face. Make sure that wheel is pointed at your body for extra safety.
If your car has ABS brakes (be smart and buy one that has them) you do NOT want to pump the brakes if you are skidding. ABS (anti-lock braking systems) will automatically pump the brakes for you, many times faster than your foot ever could. The ABS brakes make it so that you can keep control of the car even while braking hard in any condition.
Any car can be popped into neutral at any time. For many of you this will sound basic but sometimes the basics matter. Every driver should know that without the car in gear it doesn’t matter how hard you press on the gas pedal, it will not accelerate.
There’s a ton more information I’ll share with you later, but I had a great time ruining the transmissions driving with Lexus. We popped cars into neutral from 45 mph, we applied gas and brake at the same time, we skidded around on slippery surfaces, and we took hard turns braking in the sand.
It was fun, and it kicked the crap out of their cars, but it also made me happy about the way my family buys cars. Basically, we look for cars with five star safety ratings, and then we go shopping. When you get to hang out with a safety engineer you realize two things:
1. Safety engineers are really really really smart.
2. Every driver deserves to be safe.
Surprise of the day? Their big SUV? You know the LX? Not tippy at all. Which is weird, because I expected that thing to wobble.