Car accidents happen every 7 seconds somewhere in the United States. Yet for one reason or another, we never expect it to happen to us. Many people argue that they drive too safely for an accident. They claim they have not received a ticket in years. Despite all this, accidents happen. The old adage is true: it is why they call them accidents.
Your minimal traffic ticket track record, or first round passing of a driver's exam at 16 means next to nothing when a vehicle is careening in your direction. No matter our driving record, it is the nature of other people and their mistakes that make accidents happen. We can just assume we are perfect.
In the face of a potential car accident, there are a variety of ways of going about minimizing any potential injury and keeping the vehicle intact.
Strategy 1: Turn Left
As a vehicle is heading your way, try turning to the left to avoid an incoming car accident. If you turn to the left, the incoming vehicle will perhaps miss the vehicle entirely. If they do hit, it will be on the passenger side, and will alleviate any injury on your end. Of course, try strategy 2 if you have a passenger that is valued.
Strategy 2: Turn Right
Assess the surroundings, but still make a snap decision to avoid a terrible accident. Turning right may be the best way to avoid a head-on collision. In many circumstances, the left side is too far to reach and drivers may be safer just tossing the vehicle into the ditch and crossing their fingers.
On a Serious Note: Tips to Minimize an Injury
The incoming car may have the left hand side covered and out of reach. Unfortunately, the right side may lead right off a cliff, similar to the roads you see in many movies but never in real life. If this is the case, you are probably doomed.
Of course, there are many types of scenarios where you have a chance to really do something more than 'randomly turn and scream.' For example, always obey the speed limit. They are set in place for a reason, but furthermore, they provide speeds that minimize injury. There is a reason one area is 35 and another similar area is 55. By following these limits you not only stay immune from a frustratingly high speeding ticket, but you decrease the damage if an accident was to occur. On another note, it should be common practice that the speed limit is decreased by 5 in poor weather. Legally, there is no obligation to do so. But it is a safe habit that could save lives.
It is recommended you upkeep the main areas of the vehicle. This primarily includes the tires. They should be in top shape, and when manufacturers recommend changing the tires every 25,000 miles, they certainly mean it. Sure, it may partly have to do with adding more money into their pockets. But it also keeps the vehicle's tires in a manageable and safe condition. It is also recommended you use your signals often and properly. This habit proves safe precautions when driving, and signals not only to other vehicles but to bicyclists hiding around the corner or passing you on the sidewalk.
While many people are busy texting, eating, and applying make-up, others are reasonably applying tips to be more responsible drivers. Considering the traffic and poor driving in Philadelphia, who would have thought?