How To Survive
a Vehicle Crash


Information provided
to help you avoid
an accident.




Surviving
a Vehicle Crash


Instructions to survive
a vehicle crash.


Prevent an Accident by
paying attention on the
road. No texting while
driving.

Accidents happen, whether
it is your fault or the other
person, you need to survive
the crash.

Other drivers may fall asleep,
drink alcohol or take drugs
while driving.

You have to keep yourself
alert, to keep yourself
and passengers safe on
the road.

If you do not feel well, or
did not get enough sleep,
better not drive that day.

But if you must drive, pay
close attention and drive
slower than usual.

Keep your vehicle in top sound
condition, check your brakes,
if the brake pedal goes down
all the way to the floor when
you press on it, there is a
problem, get it fixed.

Do the brakes squeal when
you press on the brake
pedal, this may be an
indication you need to
replace the brake pads.

Good working brakes are
crucial in stopping quickly
to avoid an accident.

Check the brake fluid level
under the hood from time
to time, if it is low, top it up.

Get in the habit of lightly
stepping on the brake a
couple of times as you
drive away from home,
to get a feel of how the
brakes are working.

In the winter testing the
brakes will also give you
an idea of how icy the
roads are, and an
indication of the vehicle's
braking ability.

Keep the windows free of
dirt ,ice, and snow
so you have a clear
view around.

Keep the outside mirrors clean
and free of ice and snow.
Take the extra time to do
this, it may save your life
and that of your passengers.

There are natural blind spots,
that you have to deal with,
you do not need to create
extra blind spots.

When driving on a two lane
road, there is a blind spot
just rear of your vehicle,
on both sides of the vehicle.
You cannot see another
vehicle in your mirror, in
this position.

To see in this position, you
have to turn your head.

A good rule to prevent you
being in another vehicles
blind spot when behind the
other vehicle, make sure
you can see the driver
ahead in his/her mirror,
they then will be able to
see you.

Avoid their blind spot, and
do not create one for other
drivers.

Use the outer slow lane, it
is the safest, and drive
accordingly to the posted
speed limit.




Driving defensively, and keeping
yourself and your vehicle in
top shape is on top of the list,
to survive on the road.

Keep your hands on the
steering wheel, and your eyes
on the road, concentrate on
the driving, this is not the
time to get distracted, or
worry about other things.

If you need to take your eyes
and attention off the road for
some reason, pull over and
stop.

When driving it is not the time
to talk on a cell phone, pull
over to use your cell phone.

If you must stop, pull off the
road to a safe parking area.
Deal appropriately at this
time with other matters,
such as children.

Stopping on a busy road is
inviting someone to drive
into the back of your vehicle.

The road and other drivers
require your full attention.

Alert your passengers not to
engage in conversation with
you in areas where your full
attention is required to make
important decisions, such
as in busy intersections.

Do not use the car ahead as
a guide, they may be stopped
and you will hit into them.

They may drive through a
red light, and you will follow,
watch the lights and use your
own judgment.

Beware of potholes, they cause
accidents.


Unavoidable Accident

There is a time that you cannot
avoid an accident, but you
must avoid your death and
that of your passengers.

The first thing you must do
is not panic.

Panic kills!

Anticipation of what may
happen, and drive defensively,
this helps overcomes panic.

Closing your eyes, or passing
out, will not get you through
in one piece. Tell your self,
I must stay awake, and alert,
concentrate on the best route
to take to survive.

Make a decision and stick
with it.

The most important
consideration is to keep the car
moving at all costs, sudden
head-on stops kill.
Glancing blows during an
accident absorb energy,
this is good, it causes your
vehicle to reduce in speed
slowly over time.

You must concentrate until
you can bring your vehicle
to a full stop safely.

Avoid all objects that will
stop the car instantly, such
as concrete, trees, or solid
natural objects.

Try to steer around all
these deadly objects.

The last thing to worry about
is your own vehicle, it is only
a metal box on wheels, it can
be replaced, a human life
cannot.

If you have to go off the road,
or roll the car in order to
avoid a deadly crash, do so,
your vehicle, airbags and
seat belts will protect you
and your passengers.

Avoid the sudden stops, the
level of impact to the body
may to great.


Collisions

During a car crash, three
collisions occur: the collision of
the vehicle against an object,
the collision of a person's body
against the interior of the car,
and the collision of interior
body organs against the body
structure.


After a Crash

After a crash the body may go
into shock, the body may start
to shake, the digestive system
may become upset, a person may
have a mental fog, and muscles
may become sore.

To overcome shock, talk with
someone about the accident,
drink water or a warm drink,
and stretch or walk and try
to relax.


Tip
When starting out, have a plan
in your mind where you will
be going and the safest
and best way to get there.




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