More than the cost, it’s the possibility of injury and even death that we could suffer in a car accident that leaves us worried about it. That’s why we have made a list of the top 6 things that you can do in order to reduce the chances of being hurt or fatally injured if you happen to be involved in a car accident
Some of these steps are pretty simple and there’s a strong chance you have heard at least a few of them before, but there will be a few that might prove to be useful in the event of an emergency. No matter if they are new or not it’s important that he refresh our minds and keep the steps clear so they are done correctly if ever needed.
Wear Your Seat Belt
Get in the habit of putting on your seat belt as soon as you get in the car. You’d be surprised how many people wait until they are driving down the road before putting it on. The chance of having an accident when leaving your driveway is lower, but trying to buckle up while driving is just like using your phone or playing with the in-car entertainment system.
It’s proven that by fastening your seat belt before leaving you keep safe and there’s no unneeded distractions while you’re on the way to your destination and will increase your chances of survival in any accidents.
Use Proper Child Restraints
Since I moved to Thailand there’s been more than one time I’ve seen some crazy things on the road. When it comes to kids, there is no need to take any risks and if there happens to be an accident we need to keep them safe. Make sure you have the correct child seats for your children and that it’s fitted correctly.
Driving is a full time task. There should be nothing else that takes over your focus while you’re on the road. If you do need to do something else like have a conversation over the phone or look at a map for directions, make sure you pull over. It takes just 30 seconds to park and it could save someone’s life.
Protect Your Eyes
There’s nothing better than getting our for a cruise down the highway or your favourite section of road that’s full of corners, but if it’s a bright sunny day be sure to pack your sunglasses. Keeping the amount of glare coming to your eyes is important, especially if there are other cars and pedestrians around.
Do A Quick Safety Check
If you are going for a long trip, it’s a good idea to take a minute before leaving and walk around the car to inspect things like the tyre pressure or if there are any leaks coming from underneath the vehicle. Of course you don’t need to do this when driving to the corner shop or to visit a nearby friend, but it’s a maintenance routine that’s done at least once per month for all your cars.
Stay Aware & Prepared
The more you are aware of the things happening around you, the more you will be able to avoid being in any accidents. There are times however that you might not be able to get yourself out of the situation so remaining calm and knowing how to position yourself is the next important thing. Keeping your neck as straight and as upright as possible during impact is going to lessen the chances of having serious injuries to your spine.
Not all cars have the same built in features as others, but most models within the last 10-15 years come standard with basic air bags to keep the driver and passengers safe in the event of an accident. Making sure that these are working correctly should be part of your routine safety checks or services at the local mechanic workshop.
These are just a couple of things that you can do to prevent or minimise injuries to yourself and your passengers. We are always adding more to www.car-accident.info and would love to hear your comments below on if any of these have helped you or could have done so