Do Car Door Locks Keep You Safe in a Car Accident?


October 09, 2018

The question of whether car doors should be locked while driving arises frequently. It is an interesting question. On the one hand, the primary purpose of locking a car door is to prevent theft. On the other, a locked car door can keep you safe in the event of an accident. Car safety advocates claim that keeping the doors locked, while not a substitute for wearing a seatbelt, can help keep the doors from flying open in a wreck, thereby keeping you, the driver or passenger, inside.  

There is a contrary point of view. Opponents argue that doors should not lock automatically. At the outset, people are afraid that they will be trapped inside the vehicle if they are involved in a severe collision. The prevailing belief is that you do not want to think about unlocking the car door in a panic; you just want to get out. Additionally, many people fear that the locked doors will remain locked and will jam if an accident occurs while the doors are locked. 

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Locking the Doors Adds to the Vehicle’s Safety Functions

Most cars have automatic locking doors. Manufacturers set the default setting to lock, but can be overridden by the driver, who can choose to lock all doors by pressing the lock button. Police officers  argue that proper safety practices dictate locking the doors for two reasons. The first relates to carjacking: it is, naturally, very difficult for someone to get into a car that is locked. Secondly, children have been known to open car doors while the vehicle is moving and keeping the doors locked may help prevent tragedy. 

Insofar as car accidents are concerned, locking the doors helps confine occupants inside the car. The chances of dying in a car crash increase exponentially if you do not remain in the car. Secondly, locked doors help stabilize the roof and prevent crushing because the doors are less likely to fly open. Doors that open during a crash cannot reinforce the strength of the middle pillars of the vehicle. Thus, there is a better chance of the door remaining closed if the doors are locked.

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Source:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/commuting/is-it-safer-to-drive-with-the-doors-locked-or-unlocked/article23472881/

Category: Auto Accidents

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