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# How far should your chest be from the steering wheel?

## How far should your chest be from the steering wheel?

10 inches
Move your seat back as far as you can while still comfortably reaching the pedals. You should be at least 10 inches from the steering wheel, from your breastbone to the center of the wheel.

## How far should I be from the pedal?

With power brakes, the pedal should stop 1 to 11⁄2 inches from the floor. (If you don’t have power brakes, the pedal should stop more than 3 inches from the floor.)

Why should you position your seat so that your chest is 10 to 12 inches from the steering wheel?

Terms in this set (24) Describe how you should position the driver’s seat. A safe distance away from the steering wheel while still being able to reach the pedals and other controls. Minimum 10-12 inches between chest and steering wheel so the airbag won’t hit you in the face.

### Why is it suggested you should place your hand at the 9 3 or 8 4 hand position?

Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends drivers put their hands at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions. One reason for the change is to potentially keep hands out of the way if the airbag deploys. Drivers used to learn a hand-over-hand crossover method for turning the steering wheel.

### What should be the distance between an airbag and the steering wheel?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that roughly 10 inches or further is an optimal distance between a driver and their steering wheel, due to the amount of power that an airbag can produce when it deploys, this will help keep you safe.

How much space do you need for the steering wheel?

reach the steering wheel without stretching the arms. The driver should have sufficient room (25 – 30 cm or 10 – 12 in) between the steering wheel and his or her chest (breast bone) in order for the seat belt and air bag to provide the maximum safety protection in case of a crash.

#### Why is it important to sit away from the steering wheel?

A further distance from the steering wheel will lessen the severity of impact that a driver faces in an accident. Research has proven that steering wheel airbags can produce up to 2,000 pounds of force at a rate of 200 miles per hour. Here are some tips to help you find a position for your driver’s seat that will keep you both comfortable and safe:

#### Where should the steering wheel be in relation to the breast bone?

The centre of the steering wheel should be about 25 – 30 cm (10 – 12 in) from the driver’s breast bone. The closer you are to the air bag, the higher the possibility of injury if the air bag deploys, even if you are wearing a seat belt.