Owning a car requires lots of practice, knowledge, and common sense. As you hit the road, many things are at stake. It is crucial to have accident-avoidance emergency skills. Here are some tips to help you react properly in emergency situations:
1. Invisible Motorists, Pets, and Pedestrians
This involves small vehicles, animals, and people that show out of nowhere as you drive your car at an intersection. To avoid adding to the statistics of vehicle crashes, you need to remember to stop and look first before you turn your steering wheel.
At an intersection and when:
• travelling straight – check the side mirrors to see the stop sign and watch for people running red lights.
• you need to U-turn – check your rear passenger window.
• crossing or turning – check your side windows.
2. Tire Blowout
A blowout, particularly a rear-tire failure can lead to a spin out and high-impact crash if the driver quickly turns at a high speed.
Usually, the blasting sound of a tire blowout causes many drivers to react wrong. They stop quickly in order to get off the road, which can be dangerous and fatal.
The right thing to do in this situation is to press your accelerator and drive straight ahead. Stay on your lane and refrain from stepping on the brake pedal. Then, slowly drive your car toward the shoulder.
3. Panic Stops
There are many situations when you need to do an emergency brake while driving on the road. It can be a herd of deer crossing on the freeway, a big truck that has its load spilling, or another vehicle running out of fuel. When you need to stop your car now, the ABS (Anti-lock Braking Systems) can help you in such cases.
ESC (Electronic Stability Control) is required for passenger-typed vehicles since 2012. It is a system with ABS as a main element. It is important that you use your ABS properly.
An additional tip for emergency braking situations: worry more about the vehicle in front of you than behind you. If you hit the vehicle ahead, you get a ticket or could face a lawsuit. If you are hit by a vehicle behind you, he is the one who will receive the ticket.
It may be hard to see accidents before they occur, but you can do a little by looking ahead and being aware of your surroundings. Process everything you see, as your surrounding usually indicate something, for example, a flashing of brake lights of the vehicles in front of you.
As you continue to build your emergency-driving skills, buy your auto insurance as a way to protect your vehicle from road emergencies. At Filer Insurance, Inc., we put our clients first by offering them policies that they can afford. Learn more about our products and services by calling our agency at (305) 270-2100. You can also request for a free quote by Clicking Here.