ATLANTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Audra Tatum, a mother of three from Walker County, Georgia, has a habit of putting her feet up on the dashboard whenever she is seated in the passenger seat of a car. Her goal is to relax while sitting inside the car, although her husband often warned her that Audra’s habit is dangerous. However, Audra did not take the warnings seriously because she felt more comfortable propping up her feet.
"All my life I have crossed my legs and put them up on the dashboard. My husband always told me 'You will have an accident someday and your feet will break'," Audra said, as quoted by CBS News.
Audra never heeded her husband's warnings, and convinced her husband that he was wrong. "I will lower my legs on time," she said.
However, her perspective on her habit of propping her legs up changed after a car accident. As the couple were heading home from Audra’s parents about 4 miles away to pick up their two sons, their car suddenly crashed into the car in front of them. Everyone managed to get out of the car and only suffered bruises or scratches, except Audra.
"When the air bag came out, it lifted my leg and broke my nose, I saw my feet facing towards my face," she said.
Audra’s ankle, thigh bone and arm broke from the impact. "Basically my entire right side was broken and it was because of my ignorance. I'm not Superman, I cannot lower my legs on time," she said.
She also underwent several surgeries and weeks of physical therapy. It took more than a month for her to start walking again. Two years later, Audra managed to recover. Even so, she could longer perform her duties as a nurse well.
Because of that, Audra now shares her experience so that people do not have the habit of lifting and crossing their legs on the dashboard.