NHTSA urges drivers to help prevent pedal error crashes

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1.       Get Familiar – Adjust your seat, mirrors, steering wheel and pedals (if they are adjustable) properly before starting the vehicle. If you’re driving a vehicle you don’t normally drive, make sure to familiarize yourself with the location and feel of the accelerator and brake pedals.

2.       Aim for the Middle – Make it a habit to aim for the center of the brake pedal every time the brake is used. This reinforces muscle memory and reduces the chances of pedal error.

3.       Avoid Distraction – While driving, stay focused on the driving task until the vehicle is safely stopped, shifted into park and turned off. Do not reduce attention to vehicle control near the end of the driving cycle simply because the driving task is almost complete and the vehicle is travelling very slowly.

4.       Be Cautious – Proceed slowly and carefully when pulling in and backing out of parking spaces.

5.       Wear Safe Footwear – Safe footwear affects your ability to operate a vehicle. Footwear such as flip-flops, heavy boots or high heels can contribute to pedal error crashes. Wear flat soled and light-weight shoes whenever you’re in the driver’s seat.

The full consumer safety advisory can be found on SaferCar.gov.