It might seem like common sense, but drivers are being advised how to load up their cars correctly this summer after a survey by a leading tyres company has highlighted the lack of knowledge about how to safely pack up a car.
Tyres giant Goodyear Dunlop polled more than 5,600 motorists across Europe and found that one in three drivers do not know how to correctly store heavy items in a car.
Interestingly, the people who do know how to pack the boot were older drivers and male drivers.
The tyre and rubber company informed motorists before they go away to make sure that all heavy items are stowed low down in the boot of the car towards the back seats. This will reduce the risk of them propelling out of the car should an accident happen.
If heavy loads are put on the roof rack, as some holidaymakers might think it wise to do, drivers can significantly lose their handling.
Jens Volmicke, director of corporate communications for Goodyear Dunlop Europe, stressed the importance of following this rule: “There is a major risk of objects within the car turning into missiles in an accident. For example, a glass bottle, laptop or toy kept in the back of the car will hit the front passenger with up to 50 times its own bodyweight in a collision at 50 km/h.
“Also, never exceed the highest vehicle load – and don’t forget maximum numbers include the weight of the passengers.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office