BEING SAFE IN A CRASH – LATEST SAFEisFAST VIDEO

“No one ever expects to crash,” says RRDC president Bobby Rahal, “But it does happen. Trust me on this one.” He then points out that there are certain things you can do beforehand – and afterwards – to help prevent serious injuries. Thus How to Crash is the subject in the first of three SAFEisFAST instructional videos in a new Driver Safety block.

Dr. Steve Olvey – Founding Fellow of the FIA Institute for Motorsport Safety and Medical Director of the F1 Circuit of the Americas – offers some simple steps you can take to make your racing safer. [SIF screen grab]

Dr. Steve Olvey – Founding Fellow of the FIA Institute for Motorsport Safety and Medical Director of the F1 Circuit of the Americas – offers some simple steps you can take to make your racing safer. [SIF screen grab]

This seven-minute clip is charged with information that can help you avoid serious injury or worse. Remember the old saw for beginning racers: “It’s not if you’ll ever crash, it’s when.”

Olvey discusses the safety equipment essential in preventing personal injury directly coming from the forces encountered in a crash. That, of course, includes the proper fitting and wearing of the HANS device, the proper tightening of the belt restraint system and the choice of helmet. 

Felipe Massa's helmet saved his life when he was hit in the face shield by a loose spring in Hungary. [SIF screen grab]

Felipe Massa’s helmet saved his life when he was hit in the face shield by a loose spring in Hungary. [SIF screen grab]

He also discusses at some length, the array of helmets now available to youthful racers and why these specially designed helmets are more physiologically suited to the head and neck of people under 17.

Helmets for young racers fall into two physiological categories by age: six to 11 and 12 to 17. [SIF screen grab]

Helmets for young racers fall into two physiological categories by age: six to 11 and 12 to 17. [SIF screen grab]

What the driver does immediately before and after a crash also has a bearing on the ultimate outcome of the incident. How to make the cockpit safer and what to do with your arms and legs and head in the midst of a crash are considerations that should be addressed well ahead of any future crash.

Adrian Fernandez suffered a concussion in this crash, but didn't know it for about a half hour. [SIF screen grab]

Adrian Fernandez suffered a concussion in this crash, but didn’t know it for about a half hour. [SIF screen grab]

Olvey discusses the critical moments after a crash when the driver may be disoriented or injured and not realize it, particularly if the injury is a concussion.

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