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What are four adjustments I should make behind the wheel of my vehicle before driving in Illinois?

While driving, you will see many vehicles on the side of the road due to all-too-common Gurnee car wrecks. The odds are high that you have had—or will eventually be involved in—some sort of car wreck. The best way to prevent or stay safe in an accident is to be proactive. Staying safe in your vehicle begins before you even start your engine.

One of the ways you can stay safe on the road is to properly prepare your cockpit. There are four key things you can do to get this area prepared. They are:

  • Adjust your seat. Adjust your driver seat to a position where all your controls are easy to reach. You should be able to fully press your brake, gas pedal, and clutch without having to stretch.
  • Position your steering wheel. Most vehicles are equipped with an adjustable steering wheel. Place the steering wheel in a position that allows your hands to be slightly lower you’re your shoulders while hands are rested at the ten o’clock and two o’clock positions. 
  • Adjust your mirrors. Adjust your driver and passenger mirrors so that you can see as much as the road as possible. You should only be able to see a small portion to the side of your vehicle. The rearview mirror should be adjusted to give you a clear view of the road behind you.
  • Fasten your seat belt. When you put on your seat belt, it should be firmly against your chest. Adjust the height of the belt to slightly above your shoulder.

By simply taking a few precautions before driving, you may be saving your life, the life of a passenger, or the life of someone else driving on Illinois highways.

If you have been involved in an Illinois traffic accident, call a Gurnee auto accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham for a free consultation. They can be reached at 866-625-2299. Also, be sure to get your FREE copy of the law firm book, The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims, which is filled with useful information about recovering from your experience.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham