RECKLESS AND AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

WHAT WE KNOW

It takes .7 of a second to kill a person in an automobile crash. Studies at Yale and Cornell Universities provided a dramatic split-second chronology of what happens when a car going 55 mph rams
into a tree.

At .1, the front bumper and grillwork collapse.

At .2, the hood crumbles, rises, and smashes into the windshield, and the grillwork disintegrates.

At .3, the driver is sprung upright from his seat, his broken knees
are pressed against the dashboard, and the steering wheel bends under his grip.

At .4, the front of the car is destroyed and dead still, but the rear end is still plunging forward at 55 mph. The half-ton motor crushes into the tree.

At .5 second, the driver’s fear-frozen hands bend the steering column into an almost vertical position and he is impaled on the steering-wheel shaft. Jagged steel punctures his lungs and arteries.

At .6, the impact rips the shoes off his feet. The chassis bends in the middle, and the driver’s head is slammed into the windshield. The car’s rear begins its downward fall as its spinning wheels churn into the ground.

At .7, the entire body of the car is twisted grotesquely out of shape. In one final agonizing convulsion, the front seat rams forward, pinning the driver against the steering shaft. Blood spurts from his mouth. Shock has frozen his heart. He is now dead.

Are you an aggressive driver? Do you

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may be a reckless driver. Reconsider how you drive – you may be putting your life and the lives of others in danger.

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