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Back-Seat Passengers: They Can Be The Death of You

Car Crash by bettyx1138

You and three of your friends are heading out to have some fun when the unexpected happens. You hit a patch of black ice, causing you to lose control of your car. You travel a few feet off the road and hit a large tree.
You are only driving 30 miles per hour when you hit.

You and the front seat passenger are wearing your seat belts so you don’t find yourselves leaving the car through the front windshield, but what about the two passengers in the back-seat? Did they buckle up?

The Presidio Group, a privately held risk management and insurance advisory company, contends on their website that “in a frontal collision occurring at 30 mph, an unbelted person continues to move forward and hit the windshield” or back of the front seat at about 30 mph, “the same velocity as a person falling from the top of a three-story building.”

“The laws of physics are not suspended because you’re sitting in the rear seat,” said Russ Rader, spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Do you really want to be on the receiving end of someone coming at you from behind at thirty miles per hour? Continue read here:

Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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