Car Safety Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Thousands of people are involved in car crashes each day. There are a number of things you can do to reduce the risks involved with riding in automobiles. Find out if you're a car-safety whiz or a crash test dummy in this quiz.

By what percentage do seatbelts reduce the risk of death for a person sitting in the front seat?

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration , seatbelts reduce the risk of death for front seat occupants by about 50 percent.

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Where do typical car seatbelts apply most of the stopping force?

Typical seatbelts, which consist of a lap belt and shoulder belt, apply most of the stopping force to your rib cage and pelvis -- relatively sturdy parts of the body.

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What area of a car is designed to deform in a collision?

Instead of the entire car coming to an abrupt stop when encountering an obstacle, the crumple zone absorbs some of the force from the impact, preventing it from being transmitted to the occupants.

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What's the primary advantage of anti-lock braking systems (ABS)?

When you press the brakes, ABS pumps the brakes many times per second, preventing wheel lockup and helping you to maintain steering control.

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Tempered safety glass is how many times stronger than regular glass?

Tempered safety glass, which has been heated and then quickly cooled in order for it to harden, is five to 10 times stronger than untempered glass.

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By what percentage can airbags reduce the risk of dying in a direct frontal crash?

Statistics show that airbags reduce the risk of dying in a direct frontal crash by about 30 percent.

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What kind of gas inflates an airbag?

Upon impact, the inflation system reacts sodium azide with potassium nitrate to produce nitrogen gas that inflates the airbag.

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How far behind the steering wheel should you sit to avoid injury from an inflated airbag?

Placing yourself 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) away from the airbag gives you a clear margin of safety. You can measure this distance from the center of the steering wheel to your breastbone.

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What are the requirements for a child to sit in a forward-facing child seat?

Children older than one year and heavier than around 20 pounds (9.1 kilograms) are ready for a forward-facing child seat.

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When is a child ready to use an adult seatbelt?

Children ready to use an adult seatbelt without the aid of a booster seat will be around 4 feet, 9 inches (1.5 meters) tall and about eight years old. Since children greatly vary in size by age, some may not be ready to use an adult seatbelt until the age of 10 or older.

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