Car accidents can be one of the most dangerous things an average person will come in contact with during their life. Although many times car accidents can not be avoided, it is important to practice strong safety measures when it comes to protecting yourself against a car accident. Below are different methods and safety precautions you can take to help you stay as safe as possible if ever coming in contact with a car accident:
Method 1 – Be Prepared:
- Wear your seat belt. Wearing a seat belt can be a life altering decision when it comes to car crashes. Make sure that your lap belt sits low on your hip bones and that the shoulder belt goes across the center of your chest. Ensure that children are seated in proper child restraints until they are large enough to properly wear a seat belt.
- Store objects such that they will not hit you if your car gets hit. If an object is not properly stowed away in your car it could become a projectile during a crash. Be sure to stow away products such as glass or heavy containers/bottles, umbrellas, pencils, etc.
- Service the safety systems in your car regularly. Airbags and seat belts significantly reduce injury and death in many automobile accidents.
- Do not lean against the dashboard. If there was a high-speed crash while leaning on the dashboard the airbag that is meant to inflate will throw you backwards and can potentially cause a great injury.
Method 2 – Use Good Driving Practices:
- Obey traffic laws and stay conscious and aware of current situations. Be sure to adjust your driving in heavy traffic or inclement weather. It is safe to drive the speed limit in dry and normal conditions, but during rain fall it is best to drive at a lower speed.
- Focus on the road ahead. While driving, avoid excessive reading, eating, using cell phones and other distracting activities.
- Anticipate potential problems. Always stay aware and alert on the road while driving. Be observant and look for things that could potentially end up causing an accident.
Method 3 – Avoid or Minimize an Accident:
- Stay calm. If an accident appears forthcoming, you must respond quickly but smoothly. Vehicles of all types will respond better to smooth steering and braking inputs.
- Break with control. Braking practices may vary depending on whether you vehicle has anti-lock brakes. If you do not have anti-lock breaks, pump the breaks to keep the car under control. If you slam on the breaks your car will skid and loose control. If your car has anti-lock breaks, hold the breaks firmly and steer normally.
- After a crash, switch off your engine, do not smoke, and stop anyone else from smoking. This is especially important if vehicles involved in the crash were carrying dangerous goods (explosives, flammables, etc.).