Did you know that car seatbelts and headrests have other functions other than the safety primary functions they are built for?
Unknown to many, the two components can be used for different functions during life-threatening emergencies such as accidents, or when a car is sinking underwater among others.
Here are other functions of the two components during such incidents;
Rescuers pull out the vehicle that plunged into Juja Dam on January 17, 2023.
Primarily, seatbelts are meant to hold motorists and passengers in position during road carnages so as to prevent serious injuries and possible loss of life.
Nonetheless, seatbelts can be used to break a window in a situation when one is unable to open a door, probably because of an incident.
In such scenarios, a driver and passenger are advised to unbuckle and use the latch plate – the metallic part of the seatbelt – to gently hit a section of the window.
With continuous pressure, cracks will appear on the glass before it finally shatters. For safety concerns, one is advised to keep some distance so as to protect themselves from being cut by broken glasses.
Additionally, when a car gets stuck in the middle of nowhere, one can use a seatbelt to push the car – especially on a flat surface.
In this scenario, pull the seatbelt out, close the door, wrap the seatbelt around the neck and push the car. For ease, the car should be in neutral mode. The hack works much better when there are more people on board and one can control the string wheel during the process.
A photo collage of motorists pushing a car with the help of seatbelts.
https://thesmartlocal.my/how-to-push-car/ However, in situations such as a steep slope, the trick can be risky. Calling a mechanic is the best option in such moments.
Notably, the safety belts can also be used for other functions such as determining the conditions of a car during purchase. In these instances, one is required to fully pull out the seatbelt and observe the condition of the strap.
In the case of moulds, one could observe that the car has been underwater or is not in good condition.
On the other part, the belts also have a manufacture date which can be compared to the dates on the door to find out if there were any modifications.
Headrests – put on car seats – offer a cushion to motorists in accidents or incidents that can lead to head concussions and neck injuries.
Nevertheless, the headrests can also be used to break out of a car by breaking a car window.
For headrests, one has to detach them from the seat by, pressing its safety lock, and pulling it out. Slide one of the sharp edges between the window and the door and lean the headrest towards you. The glass should also shatter.
Just as in the case of seatbelts, always maintain some distance for safety purposes.
A motorist holding a detached headrest.
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