A warning to leave your feet on the floor and off of the dashboard

Audra Tatum was riding in the passenger seat of this car when it T-boned another vehicle. (Image: Audra Tatum)

For many schools in our area, last week marked the end of summer vacation.

Hamilton County schools kick off the new year on Thursday leaving just a few days of summer to hit the road for last minute trips.

While buckling up is at the top of every parents safety checklist when it comes to a road trip, there's another precaution that can more easily go overlooked.

Before August 2, 2015, Audra Tatum used to ride with her foot pressed up against the dashboard of her car all the time.

"My husband would tell me, 'if we have a wreck it's going to break your leg.' I dismissed him," Audra told NewsChannel 9.

Nearly two years ago, her perspective changed completely.

"We were heading to my parents to pick up our two sons. A car came up to a stop sign and we were coming down the road and he pulled out in front of us...we T-boned him," Audra described.

At the time of the crash, Audra wasn't wearing a seat belt and was resting her foot up against the dashboard.

"When the airbag exploded, it pushed my foot up into my face," Audra said.

Her nose, ankle, femur, and shoulder were all broken by the force.

At the hospital, doctors told Audra that had she had both feet firmly planted on the floor, she "wouldn't have had any issues whatsoever."

Two years later, Audra is still in recovery.

"It took my career from me. It took so much from me in life," she said.

Now, she wants others to make sure they don't make the same mistake she did.

"I regret it every single day. Every hour of every day because every time I put pressure on my leg i feel it....Do not sit like that. If you sit like that you're asking for it," Audra told NewsChannel 9.

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