Make sure lug­gage is safe and se­cure

Albany Extra - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

Neu­ro­science Re­search Aus­tralia (NeuRA) is urg­ing driv­ers to check their lug­gage, in­deed all items, are prop­erly se­cured in their car.

It says that in a crash, loose ob­jects can be­come dan­ger­ous mis­siles strik­ing with a force up to 20 times their own weight.

NeuRA se­nior prin­ci­pal re­search sci­en­tist Lynne Bil­ston rec­om­mends keep­ing all lug­gage below the height of the back seat or con­sider in­stalling a cargo barrier.

“All lug­gage needs to be prop­erly packed and tied down so that ev­ery­thing is se­cure,” Pro­fes­sor Bil­ston said.

“You don’t want any­thing to be loose if you brake sud­denly or are in­volved in a crash,”

USE­FUL TIPS

Keep the shelf un­der the rear win­dow free of loose ar­ti­cles.

All items should be care­fully packed in the boot, evenly dis­trib­uted across the width of the cargo area and close to the seat­back.

Some cars have lug­gage tie-down points, or even nets to help you se­cure things so they don’t move around. Make the best use of them.

Don’t con­fuse lug­gage tie-down points with child re­straint tether an­chor­ages or your child could be killed or in­jured in a crash.

It is im­por­tant to make sure lug­gage does not im­pact on the tether strap if a child re­straint is fit­ted.

Heavy or sharp small, loose items should be se­cured in a box or suit­able con­tainer.

Cargo nets keep items se­cure in the boot.

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