In the motor world, striking and straightforward terms refer to some more complex aspects. You have probably heard about the elephant effect in recent times, as even the DGT has alerted this situation that can occur in the event of an accident. As we already discussed underwater development, Wetradetrucks will review what it is, its dangers, and the ways to avoid this consequence that can occur in the event of an accident.

What is the Elephant Effect?

The elephant effect refers to an accident or sudden braking in which the passenger in the rear seat is not wearing the seat belt and is thrown, hitting the front seat. Although it is clear that the use of the seat belt has saved millions of lives, there are still users who still do not put it on, especially when they travel in the rear seats. This behavior is hazardous for your health, but also for that of other users.

That the elephant effect receives that name is because, at a speed of 60 km / h, a user weighing 75 kg would impact the front seat with a force of 4.2 tons in the event of sudden deceleration. That is approximately the weight of an adult elephant, and that is why it is used as an allegory to warn about this danger. The origin of the expression comes from a French advertising campaign that cautioned against “not traveling with an elephant in the back seat.” It must also be taken into account that a child with his restraint system not anchored would be thrown with force greater than 2 tons in the event of an accident. We cannot forget that this situation could also occur when traveling with a pet incorrectly. Animals also have to go with their restraint systems, as it is illegal not to do so and poses additional risk in the event of an accident.

How to Avoid the Elephant Effect?

Easy, put on the seat belt in all places. Also, double-check that the child seat is correctly anchored in the Isofix so that there are no consequences to regret. It is not only for the 200 euros fine and the loss of three points in the

driving license. The lack of use is present in around 20% of the fatalities in traffic accidents, and it is estimated that 50% of them could have been avoided with that simple gesture that is to fasten the seat belt.

This elephant effect applies to people and pets in the rear seats that would rush into the front seats. It can also be used to lose objects in the passenger compartment, which can multiply their force by 40 in the event of an impact at 50 km / h and increase as you go faster. A laptop, which weighs a couple of kgs, could exert a force of 275 kg in a crash at 90 km / h, while a full bag could exceed 500 kg. The consequences could be dire in case of reaching any of the passengers.