Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety: Myth vs Fact

This page shows interesting information used in our Facebook Myth vs. Fact campaign for the Northeast Region.

Click each myth to reveal the truth!

Fact:  Consider the law of physics. If you crash or slam on your brakes, your car comes to a sudden stop, but your body will keep moving until it is stopped - by the windshield, dashboard or pavement. Use the following formula to determine the appropriate force it takes to restrain a person in a crash.

Speed of Car x weight of passenger
(Ex. 40 mph x 150 lbs = restraining force of 6000 lbs.)

Do the math. Could you bench press 6000 lbs? Can you realistically stop yourself from colliding into your passengers?