Most people have put their feet up on the dash at one point or another. Some people prefer to ride that way all the time. It might be comfortable, but it’s also dangerous.
The Chattanooga, Tennessee, Fire Department recently shared a social media post that explains the dangers of riding with your feet or legs on the dash.
The post reads:
“Something You Need to Know
“While traveling this weekend, I noticed many passengers had their feet on the dashboard of their car. Airbags deploy between 100 & 220 MPH. If you ride with your feet on the dash and you’re involved in an accident, the airbag may send your knees through your eye sockets. This post was viewed thousands of times last year, but it’s worth repeating. And yes, the driver and passenger should also be wearing seatbelts too! *From Twitter post from Shane O’Connor @oconnorshane. * Originally posted by Colin Bennett”
The post was shared 4,000 times, and more than 200 people commented on it.
Many of these people chose to share their own stories of being in accidents while riding in this position. Some of them are terrifying and heartbreaking.
Heidi Finney commented:
“At 19 I went in a trip to visit my now husband…I had my right foot on the dashboard…it was a beautiful day…windows down, radio up…cruising with my friend in her new Mustang…she hit a stopped car doing 65mph…no one in the car was injured except for me…the airbag crushed my ankle, damaged my knee, broke my femur in 2 places and I had multiple face lacerations (from the airbag and my leg hitting me in the face)…this is very real…I’ve had multiple surgeries…I have 3 huge scars on my leg, knee, and ankle…I walk with a limp sometimes…don’t let your kids, friends or family ride in your car with their feet on the dash or out of the window.”
Another woman, Audra Hunter Tatum, also shared her story.
She explained how she suffers from constant pain as a result of an accident and injuries caused by riding with her feet on the dash. She posted:
“Walker County GA
“Two years ago yesterday, a man in a stolen car pulled out in front of us. I was a passenger. We tboned him at 45mph. My foot was on the dash. The airbag went off… my foot broke my nose. Nose broke my ankle. Femur broke into 4 pieces. And arm broke trying to stop the impact. I have so many screws and Rods and I am miserable to this day!!!
“DON’T RIDE OR LET PEOPLE RIDE LIKE THIS!!!!!! I am disabled at 31 years old from this. No one else was hurt. Just me. I lost my career and all from that day.”