According to the National Safety Council, about one-eighth of all drivers will be involved in an accident this year.
Since many people will be driving for vacation this summer, Highway Hero Driving Academy suggests that now is an excellent time to brush up on some fundamental driving guidelines.
A vehicle collision may be pretty stressful, but Highway Hero Driving Academy has some tips for minimizing the damage, saving money, and reducing stress.
#1 Stay Calm
When tensions rise, it's common for people to drive recklessly or get into accidents. If you encounter another motorist acting strangely, try not becoming angry or exhibiting "road rage." Instead, remain calm. Your lives, automobiles, and passengers are worth far too much to risk losing it all because of a bit of inconvenience.
#2 Be Careful of Accident Scams
Be careful of people orchestrating "accidents" and traffic scams. Some examples of traffic scams include getting tapped from behind while driving on a less-traveled route at night. Predatory criminals use this tactic to rob the driver or take the vehicle. Drive to a police station or an area with many people to get help if you're suspicious of what's happening.
#3 Be Sure to Stop!
Avoid leaving the scene of an accident before you have talked to the other motorist or police about what happened. Leaving can cause you to be guilty of committing a hit-and-run.
#4 Take Preventative Measures to Avoid More Injuries
Put everyone in the vehicle in a safe place, ideally on the road's right shoulder. Set out a flare on the road if you have one, and activate your emergency flashing lights.
#5 Call the Police
To get help, you need to either phone the police yourself or ask someone else to do it for you. In most cases, it's better to call the police to take care of any traffic violations or injuries and to document the incident for future reference.
#6 Get Medic Help
Always seek medical help if you or anyone else is bleeding, dizzy, or experiencing physical discomfort. Do not attempt to move or perform medical treatments on yourself unless you have received training in emergency medical care.
#7 Save Your Time by Talking to The Right People
Please don't discuss the collision with anybody besides the police or your car insurance company unless it's necessary. As quickly as possible, contact your insurance carrier to report the incident.
#8 Tell the Details
Make a list of all the details you can remember about the collision, including the other driver's name, address, phone number, plate number, and license plate number. If possible, Highway Hero Driving Academy suggests you take note of witnesses' names and phone numbers, the badge number of any police officer, and where to obtain a copy of a police report, as well as any other relevant information about the scene, such as the exact location, the issuance of any tickets by the police, and any recollection of your vehicle's handling or mechanical functioning just before the accident.
So, have you ever got an accident with your car? Did you get any help from the police? Let us know in the comment section!