The most effective way to avoid injuries during a car accident, is avoiding the accident all together. There are numerous ways in which you can protect yourself and those dear to you against a fatal or serious accident.
If you follow these tips and think on your feet should an accident occur, you might be able to avoid to accident to be fatal. Unfortunately accidents do happen, but with a pro-active approach and steps to minimize injuries a lot of lives can be saved.
This article will take a look at some of the tips to avoid accidents, and what to do to prevent serious injuries when you are involved in an accident.
Tips and Tricks to Avoid Car Accidents:
- Get Your Timing Right
It’s important that you plan ahead when it comes to driving. It is a common fact that there are certain hours when the roads will be more dangerous. If you are driving at night or during the early hours of the morning you have to beware of tired and intoxicated drivers, this is not always the case but during these hours it is more likely.
Plan ahead by deciding on a particular time you will be driving, and if it gets to late rather call a taxi or stay over somewhere in the area.
- Don’t Drink and Drive
This is a saying that is already familiar to most drivers, but many drivers push the boundaries with this rule. You might think two glasses of wine won’t make a difference until you are the reason a person dies. Don’t take that risk, and don’t get in a car with anyone else that is under the influence. Being under the influence does not only refer to alcohol, but any other narcotics or drugs.
- Go to Voicemail
When you are driving you would want as little distractions as possible so that your focus can be entirely on the road. Even though it might be an important call it won’t be as important as saving your own life. If you know the phone call is urgent refrain from answering, let it go to voicemail and pull over at your nearest gas station to listen to the message.
- Double Check Your Vehicle
Every time before you drive you should inspect your vehicle for anything that can obstruct your driving. Take your car for regular check-up and services to ensure that you are not a danger to yourself and others on the road. It is a necessity that your vehicle passes the road safety tests.
- Fasten your Seatbelt
This is probably the most obvious instruction when it comes to driving or being a passenger in a vehicle. You would be surprised at how many people neglect to fasten their seatbelts or checking the passengers for wearing theirs. Wearing a seat-belt can be the difference between life and death, take this rule seriously.
- Loose and Heavy Objects
When you are packing your car for a road trip or move be sure to fasten heavy objects or pack them in such a way that they won’t become a weapon should you collide with another vehicle. You might survive the impact of an accident only to be knocked unconscious by a microwave or other heavy objects.
- First Impressions Count
Driving in your boyfriend’s vintage automobile might sound like a good idea if you were in a movie, but the reality of the fact is that some cars are safer than others. If your first impression of a car is a feeling of fear it’s best to avoid being a passenger in such a car.
How to Minimize Accident Injuries
- When you anticipate a collision about to take place, contract your muscles and tighten up. Contracted muscles will help protect your nerves, ligaments and bones.
- Don’t look back. If you hear the tires of a car screeching right before a rear end collision, you might be tempted to look back in the direction of the approaching car. Turning your head will lead to much more serious injuries than facing to the front.
- If you are driving, hold on to the steering wheel and don’t stretch your arms over other passengers, this might lead to more injuries.
- Adjust your seat to the right height and distance from the wheel, this will lessen the impact and whiplash from the accident.
- Sitting in the middle of the back seat? This can be the safest spot should you be wearing a safety belt. If not you will be shooting straight through the windshield.
- Don’t bend forward and cover your head. Even though this might feel like instinct, if your head gets hit from above while your neck is at a downward angle the impact will do a lot more damage.
- Avoid back and neck injuries by sitting up straight in your seat with your back against the seat.
- If you have children on board make sure that their seats are securely fastened and in the right position.
- If possible, avoid a collision from the side of your vehicle, this is where the structure is weak and the impact will do a lot of damage.
Drive as safely as possible with an alert mind, no distractions and follow the traffic rules and guidelines.