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Fleet safety tip: Driver positioning

A driver's position in a vehicle is critical when it comes to driving control. Center for Transportation Safety offers these tips on the safest and most correct driver position:

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  • You should be seated in a comfortable, upright position, squarely behind the steering wheel
  • Sit back at least 10 inches from the steering wheel to allow adequate room for the airbag to deploy
  • Your head restraint should be adjusted so that the top of the restraint is at a point slightly above your ears - if possible - within three inches of the back of your head
  • You should be able to operate the accelerator and brake pedals easily without having to lift your heel from the floor

Sitting too close to the steering wheel interferes with steering, increases fatigue, can cause stress and can possibly result in driver injury if an airbag deploys.

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