Getting into a car accident is a scary prospect, but it’s a reality that some of us might have to face. There are times when you’re on the road, and you feel as though something could happen. You might notice someone driving erratically or coming towards you at speed. You don’t know if an accident will occur, but you know that the possibility is there. It can happen at any time, and you need to know how to react. There are a few things you can do, so let’s explore your options.

Before You Start Off

  • Before you get behind that wheel, you should be ensuring that you are adequately protected. One way to do this is to install a dashboard camera. This sits at the front of your car and documents everything throughout your journey. If you get into a crash for any reason, the idea is that it will hopefully capture the footage you need. Then, you’ve got all the evidence if it goes to court.
  • Always make sure you’ve got what you need in case an accident occurs. I’d feel lost without having a cell phone on my person when getting into a car, just in case! Make sure you’ve got close friends, emergency services, and a good car accident lawyer in your phonebook! Also, keep first aid supplies in your car in case you were to get injured for any reason.

Brace Yourself

  • So, you’re driving down the road, and you see someone coming the opposite way, and they’re driving erratically. You have no idea if they’re going to mount your side of the road and come towards you. What can you do? Firstly, hold back. Slow down and proceed with caution. If you have to pull over, do so. Leave plenty of space as you pass them to save any dangerous incidents.
  • Another thing you need to do is to be constantly aware of all dangers. Your driving is important, but their driving is arguably even more so. You’ve got to have the mindset that anyone could do anything at any time. Someone could pull out as you zoom past them, causing an incident. Have your eye on this and you should be able to avoid most accidents. If you know you’re about to have a near-miss, focus on how you’ll avoid it.
  • If a car accident is unavoidable, you need to be ready. Make sure you’ve already got your seat belt buckled up, and you’re sitting at the correct height. To brace for a crash, sit squarely against your seat and face forward. Tighten your muscles and hold firmly onto the steering wheel, and don’t bend your wrists. Hopefully, by doing this, you’ll be able to avoid the worst of the damage.

The better a driver you can be, the more likely you are to avoid an accident. Make sure you drive with awareness and confidence, and you should be just fine. Don’t get over-confident, though, or you might end up making any number of mistakes.

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Emily Muelford

Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.

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