Quote Originally Posted by Martin Aislabie View Post
I too can vouch for the "no loose items in the car"

I have unfortunately witnessed the result several times (once fataly)

Don't put anything in the car you wouldn't be injured by if it hits at 60mph (100kph)

Everything inside the car becomes a projectile and you are the softest squishiest thing in there

Always put your stuff in the Boot (Trunk) of the car - hopefuly you will never have to find out how true this is

This includes Camera Bags & most particularly Tripods

However, you also need to think about loose coins, thermos flasks and even hardback road atlases - non of these are fatal but can lead to nasty cuts and bruises.

Sorry for being so quite so cheerful

I have seen the aftermath of a fairly moderate speed crash on a TV documentary showing tests recently carried out by the Road Research Laboratory, and was horrified to see that a metal tool box full of metal tools in the boot (trunk) of the test vehicle had gone through the rear bulkhead, and back seat, opened , and causing spanners and wrenches to be thrown all around the car, causing what would be horrific injury's to the occupants , who were fortunately test dummies, it certainly made me think