Rear-end collision best practices
May 16, 2005 5:57 AM Subscribe
If the car you're in is about to be hit from behind, what is the best thing to do to avoid injury? Assuming your car is stopped (i.e. at a stoplight or something) and you don't have time to do any significant acceleration, should you, for instance, apply or release the breaks? Should you brace against the steering wheel?
posted by abingham to Travel & Transportation (21 answers total)
More generally, what are the factors that affect the dynamics of this collision? For instance, how do crumple zones influence things? How much force can brakes/tire friction counter? I'm also curious about how initial motion in the front vehicle changes things...it introduces the possibility of serious loss of control. I guess this is a bit open-ended, but I'm curious about this from both a practical view as well as a sort of engineering-problem view.