The replacement or installation of a driver floor mat is a task that shouldn’t be taken lightly. If a driver floor mat is installed incorrectly it might interfere with the operation of the accelerator or brake pedal, increasing the risk of a crash.
Here are some safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on floor mat installation:
- Remove old mats before the installation of new mats.
- Never stack mats, since that may increase the potential for pedal interference.
- Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mat installation and use the available retention clips to secure the mat in the proper position. This will prevent the mat from sliding forward.
- Check that the mats are the correct size and fit for the vehicle and do not interfere with the full operation of the foot controls (accelerator, brake and clutch pedals).
- Whenever the interior of the vehicle is cleaned or the mats have been removed for any reason, verify that the driver mat has been reinstalled correctly.