Re: At what point do you invest in a head and neck restraint?
Ask 100 drivers, get 100 very different answers. I sat on the PCA Z8 safety committee for 7 years and we discussed this a lot.
My thoughts (not recommendations):
* An older car 96 or earlier with limited OEM driver safety or a stripped out track car, I prefer racing seats, harnesses, roll protection, HANS, and fire protection (suit and fire suppression). All of this works together as a well-proven driver safety system.
* A modern reasonably stock car with full interior, 3 airbags per occupant, OEM 3pt belts, OEM hardened steel cabin structure and roll protection, offers a lot of driver protection and I don't feel the need for a fire suit or harness/HANS. Note: Others struggle with this but the data is pretty clear that injuries during a PCA DE day in one of these cars is vanishingly low.
* Stuff I no longer find acceptable:
-4pt harnesses without full ASM technology.
-5/6 pt harnesses without a proper racing seat, HANS, roll protection, and fire protection as a complete safety system.
Improperly installed harnesses, or a harness without racing seat, HANS, and roll protection, have resulted in multiple deaths at race tracks in the US over the last 5 years. A partial safety system is as good as no safety system so do it right or don't do it at all. JMHO
Last edited by cajundaddy; 04-28-2019 at 12:44 PM.
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